Travelling from Ireland for healthcare in Europe
Introduction to the options for Irish residents who wish to access healthcare in other countries in Europe.
Cross-Border Healthcare Directive
If you are entitled to public health services in Ireland, you may opt to access those services in another member state of the European Union or European Economic Area.
Treatment Abroad Scheme
If you are a public healthcare patient and require treatment that is not available to you in Ireland, you may be able to use the Treatment Abroad Scheme to get the treatment abroad.
The European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another EU/EEA country. Find out more.
This document is in: Travel and Recreation Travel abroad
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