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Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (109)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

109. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of applications received from patients in County Donegal for treatment pursuant to the cross-Border Directive in 2019, 2020 and 2021; the number of successful and unsuccessful applications; the reasons for each unsuccessful application in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [58422/21]

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As the Deputy will be aware the EU Cross-Border Directive allows patients to access treatment in another EU/EEA Member State and be reimbursed for that care by the HSE. In addition, earlier this year this Government introduced the NI Planned Healthcare Scheme to enable patients to continue to access private healthcare in Northern Ireland, post-Brexit, and be reimbursed by the HSE under similar parameters to the EU Cross-Border Directive.  

The HSE advises that a breakdown of applications by County is collated for the NI Planned Healthcare Scheme but is not generally collated for the EU Cross-Border Directive.  However, an analysis has been undertaken to collate data specific to Donegal to the greatest extent possible and is set out in a table as requested for the period 2019-2021 which can be provided to the Deputy.  

I can confirm that to date in 2021 under both those schemes there were 788 reimbursement applications received by the HSE for persons with an address in Donegal, of which 514 have been approved to date and only 36 declined.  

The HSE advises that reimbursements may be declined where an individual is not eligible for reimbursement; has not followed the public patient pathway or there is inaccurate or misleading documentation in the application process.  

Where an application for reimbursement is declined, the decision letter will inform the patient of the reason for declining and importantly sets out the HSE appeals process.

Oral PQ 58422/21 - EU Cross-Directive & NI Planned Healthcare Scheme Reimbursement Applications for Persons with a Donegal Address

Year

Total Reimbursement Applications Received

Approved Reimbursement

Applications

Declined Reimbursement

Applications

2021 YTD - NI Planned Healthcare Scheme

346

179

11

2021 YTD – EU Cross-Border Directive

442

335

25

2021 YTD - Total

788

514

36

2020 – EU Cross-Border Directive

991

694

37

2019 – EU Cross-Border Directive

1454

857

24

Note: The disparity between applications received and the number of decisions issued relates to applications awaiting processing or awaiting further documentation from the applicant.

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