Ireland received a total of 4,599 requests from people seeking information about accessing treatment under the EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive in 2015, according to the results of a new report from the EU Commission on the use of the Directive, putting them third in the EU league table, following UK and Poland.
The report, which was published at a conference in Brussels earlier this week, examined the use of the Directive by 23 EU Member States last year. The 2011 Cross Border Directive allows for EU residents to access health services in EU Member States other than their own.
The Directive allows Irish residents to avail of healthcare in other EU Member States that they would be entitled to within the public health system in Ireland, which is not contrary to Irish legislation. The costs must be borne by individuals and they must seek reimbursement for the cost of the healthcare upon return to Ireland.