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Over 2,000 people travel cross border for healthcare

Jun 7, 2022 11:06 By News Northern Sound
Over 2,000 people travel cross border for healthcare Over 2,000 people travel cross border for healthcare
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'This arrangement is another complication caused by a hard Brexit'

2,246 people from Northern Ireland have travelled across the border to avail of a scheme allowing them to receive healthcare treatment in the Republic.

The temporary Republic of Ireland Reimbursement Scheme was set up following Brexit to allow for continued cross-border healthcare.

This was previously covered under the EU’s Cross-border Health Directive.

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The Scheme has been used frequently for orthopedic problems including hip and knee replacements.

From July 1, 2021 to April the 1st this year, there were a total of 886 claims with 737 payments authorised.

In the five years before the Cross-border Health Directive ended thousands of Northern Ireland residents received €16.5m in healthcare in the Republic of Ireland.

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Meanwhile, Alliance Party Health spokesperson, Paula Bradshaw said it was her understanding that a “permanent replacement” is being established.

“This arrangement is another complication caused by a hard Brexit and constitutes another example of the nonsense of pursuing a hard border anywhere between the UK and the EU,” she added.

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