by Susan Mitchell – The Sunday Business Post 27th Oct
The EU Cross-Border Healthcare Directive allows patients to access operations, specialised inpatient care and outpatient appointments in another European country once they have a referral letter from a GP or hospital doctor in their home country, and then have the costs of their operation, or treatment, reimbursed by their home health service. Patients can access both public and private facilities overseas.
Under the terms of the directive, the HSE cannot reject applicants for treatment outside Ireland. It reimburses the cost of care up to the same level that would have arisen if the care had been provided in a public hospital in Ireland. Importantly, the cost of care in Irish hospitals is regarded as high by international standards.
The directive covers virtually all elective treatments, bar organ transplants. It includes everything from hip and heart operations to diagnostic scans. It also includes psychiatric and addiction treatment, as well as orthodontic treatment and rehabilitation. It does not cover long-term care.
The unprecedented patient rights differ from the European Health Insurance Card (formerly the E111), for someone who falls ill suddenly, or the existing Treatment Abroad Scheme (for treatments not available in Ireland), as the new legislation pertains to planned procedures that are provided in Irish hospitals.
Use of the directive by Irish patients has soared as awareness of the scheme increased and as patients try to avoid the long waiting lists in Irish hospitals.
The latest official figures show that more than 568,000 people were awaiting an outpatient appointment. More than 67,000 were awaiting an inpatient/day case procedure (some 24,568 were waiting over six months).
In 2018, the HSE processed 3,886 reimbursements and paid out €12.3 million for patients who obtained medical treatment under the directive.
Here at Celtic Relocations we have the privilege of accompanying and assisting people at their best.
Highly skilled workers relocating across the globe to new Jobs and homes is the culmination of years of hard work.
While this is the reality in Global Mobility, the other side of “Highly Skilled” & “Home” is “Unskilled” & “Homelessness”.
Not everyone has the opportunity, environment or skills to live that life.
As we have a Social and Moral Responsibility to address that which is in our awareness, we chose to incorporate these two areas into our business on a personal and local level.
We strive to give back to our local communities in Cork & Dublin with Local Initiatives as outlined below.
1-We are signatories and active members of the Employment & Youth Activation Charter.
This means we provide employment skills training & Mentoring for unemployed people to help them become job ready
· Providing Work Placements
· Taking part in Training for Jobseekers
· Offering job sampling in our company
2-We have committed to YESS-Youth Employment Support Scheme
· It is targeted at young jobseekers who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment.
· The programme aims to provide them with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a
3-We Provide funding Via direct contributions to the Peter McVerry Trust
Established in 1983, Peter McVerry Trust provides low-threshold entry services, primarily to young people and vulnerable adults with complex needs and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model.
They Provide accommodation and supports, to include new Family Hubs, which provide families experiencing homelessness with a safe and secure place to live, as well as additional emergency accommodation and long-term housing to move people out of homelessness for good.
4- We provide direct funding to Cork Penny Dinners.
Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest caring charitable organisations.
They currently serve up to 2000 freshly made meals per week.
They provide meals & donations of warm clothes and bedding such as sleeping bags and duvets are provided to people in need all year round including Christmas Day.
We look forward to continuing to support these charities along with the Rape Crisis Centre and HIV Ireland further in 2020.