What Is The Cross Border Healthcare Directive?
The Cross Border Healthcare Directive (CBD) was a piece of EU legislation that entitled patients in Ireland to avail of faster treatment or surgery across the border in Northern Ireland or in any other EU state. This is now operating under new legislation as the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme. So, access to Cross Border Healthcare in Northern Ireland for patients from the Republic of Ireland will continue as normal under the NEW NI Planned Healthcare Scheme throughout 2021.
Patients looking to avail of faster treatment or surgery across the border in NI will be able to follow the same pathway as under the previous healthcare plan and will be granted reimbursement of their treatment costs through the HSE.
Phone 048 9068 8858 today to speak to our One2One Patient Advisor, at Belfast’s Kingsbridge Private Hospital, who can provide all the information you require to get your treatment started.
GPs who wish to refer a patient to Kingsbridge Private Hospital for services provided under the EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive can refer patients using the GP E-Referral.
How the process works
Patient will be assigned to a specific consultant, and provided with a date, time and location for their appointment. This will also be confirmed in a letter by email/post.
Patient visits their own GP to have their referral letter addressed specifically to a Kingsbridge Private Hospital Consultant. The patient should obtain a copy of any recent (6 months) x-rays/scans.
Patient attends Kingsbridge Private Hospital appointment where all paperwork will be arranged for submission to the HSE. For inpatient surgery, approval is usually granted by letter within 4 weeks. For day cases e.g. cataracts, there is no need for prior approval.
The patient then contacts Kingsbridge Private Hospital to arrange a surgery date along with payment options. Payment is settled 5 days before admission date.
Patient attends for surgery and is discharged with pro forma invoice to be posted to the HSE for reimbursement (generally within 4 - 6 weeks), post-op discharge plan, and any relevant information required should patient experience post-op complications.
If you are entitled to public health services in Ireland and you choose to access those services in Northern Ireland you can be reimbursed by the HSE for the costs incurred
What Healthcare Treatments Are Covered Under The Scheme?
Your referring clinician will be able to advise if the service you are seeking to access abroad is covered by the provisions of the Cross Border Healthcare scheme.
Treatments covered include current services provided by the HSE that you would access in a hospital or county clinic environment.
Examples of healthcare that is available under the scheme include:
- Day, in-patient and outpatient care in acute hospital services, including MRI and CT scans
- Cardiac services
- Orthopaedic services, including surgery for hip, back and knee conditions
- Ophthalmic services (eye conditions)
- Physiotherapy services
Some health services are not included, for example, organ transplantation and long-term care such as nursing home care.
At the current time cardiac surgery, cancer treatments and paediatric surgery for under 14s is not available at Kingsbridge Private Hospital.