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Cross-Border Healthcare

EU Directive on the Application of Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare

The Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross Border Healthcare provides rules for the reimbursement to patients of the cost of receiving treatment abroad, where the patient would be entitled to such treatment in their home Member State (Member State of Affiliation) and supplements the rights that patients already have at EU level.

The Directive seeks to ensure a clear and transparent framework for the provision of cross-border healthcare within the EU, for those occasions where the care patients seek is provided in another Member State rather than in their home country.  However, it should be emphasised that the vast majority of EU patients receive healthcare in their own country and prefer to do so.

Further information on the Ireland’s implementation of the Directive is available on the HSE’s webpage.