Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1629)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

1629. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the reason patients going across the Border for treatment are waiting so long for arrears payments from the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33635/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE is responsible for the operation of the Cross Border Directive and the management of the HSE Cross Border Directive (CBD) office is an operational matter for the HSE. I have, therefore, asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

It should be noted that the numbers of persons availing of the Directive has been increasing steadily for a number of years with a corresponding increase in the workload for the CBD office.  I am aware that the HSE is currently considering a business case, and other interim steps, to address issues which have arisen with regard to the processing of reimbursements.