Treatments Available Through the Cross Border Directive

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Healthcare Available Under CBD:

  1. Hospital Services:
    • Inpatient and outpatient care in acute hospital services, including psychiatric services.
  2. Community-Based Care:
    • Community-based outpatient care for various medical needs.
  3. Dental and Orthodontic Services:
    • Dental and orthodontic services are covered, with exceptions such as dental screening services in schools.
  4. Therapeutic Services:
    • Speech and language services, occupational therapy services (with some exceptions), psychology services, and physiotherapy services.
  5. Specialized Care:
    • Disability services, ophthalmic services (including cataract surgery), orthopedic services (e.g., hip replacements), fertility treatment (IVF, IUI, or ICSI), mental health services, and addiction care.

Healthcare Not Available Under CBD:

  1. Complex Medical Procedures:
    • Organ transplants and any long-term care assisting with everyday tasks, like nursing home care.
  2. Preventive Measures:
    • Vaccination against infectious diseases and clinical trial participation.
  3. Pharmaceutical Treatments:
    • Drug therapies not publicly provided in Ireland.

Orthodontic Treatment Under CBD:

  1. Eligibility:
    • Orthodontic treatment is available but is subject to eligibility for the same public treatment in Ireland.
  2. Age Criteria:
    • Typically, only children under 16 are eligible, accessed through screening appointments in primary school.
  3. Claiming Reimbursement:
    • Reimbursement for orthodontic treatment abroad, up to a maximum of €2,200, is applicable only at the retainer stage of treatment.
  4. Maximum Amounts Repayable:
    • Specific reimbursement amounts include €100 for the eligibility assessment, €1,800 for orthodontic treatment, and €300 upon completion of the retainer phase.

Fertility Treatment Under CBD:

  1. Access Criteria:
    • Individuals must meet access criteria for IVF, IUI, or ICSI as applicable in Ireland.
  2. Public Availability:
    • Treatment must be publicly available in Ireland for CBD reimbursement.

Understanding the diverse range of healthcare available and the intricacies of reimbursement processes ensures individuals can make informed decisions when exploring treatment options under the Cross Border Directive. It represents a transformative avenue, offering flexibility and choice in healthcare beyond national borders.

Treatments Available Through the Cross Border Directive

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