Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (874)

Louise O'Reilly


874. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if there are funding streams available for persons who contract Covid-19 abroad and incur medical expenses in their treatment. [26767/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Patients who contract Covid-19 while on a temporary visit to another EU Member State may access public healthcare for their illness in the Member State they are visiting under the terms of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme.

This scheme provides persons travelling within the UK with access to necessary public healthcare on the same basis as a resident of the Member State they are visiting. Necessary healthcare is healthcare which is deemed clinically necessary to allow the patient continue their visit or be well enough to travel home. Patients who do not have their EHIC with them while on a temporary visit and if charged for the public healthcare they receive may apply to the HSE on their return for reimbursement of the charge applied less any co-payment which a resident of the Member State visit is liable for.