Brexit Won’t Halt Cross Border Health Directive – Michael Healy Rae, TD

Taking the Biscuit: Michael Healy Rae, TD pictured with Tony Marshall, Ballymacelligott (left) and Fred Walmsley, Castleisland at the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project / John Twiss / Poff and Barrett exhibition at The Crown Hotel, Castleisland on Friday night. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Michael Healy Rae, TD is delighted that the HSE has confirmed to him that despite Brexit the Cross Border Directive will continue.

This means that trips to Belfast for procedures such as cataract removal, hip or knee replacement can continue as usual.

Brexit Won’t Halt Trips North

“I was very anxious that the trips would continue despite Brexit – otherwise the next step would be to travel to France or Germany, Obviously, due to the nature of some of the procedures being carried out, it involves a lot of elderly people and it may not be possible for them to travel this far,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

Available Procedures

“The variety of procedures that are available, vary from tonsil removal, orthopedics, pain management, cataract removal and many more.

“It is important that people understand that they do not need a medical card or health insurance to use this scheme and a full refund will issue to them after the procedure has been carried out.

Raised in Dáil Éireann

“I raised the issue in Dáil Éireann several times and I’m glad that the HSE can confirmed that whether there is a deal or no deal these trips will continue for the foreseeable future. I’m now planning trips to continue into December and well into 2020,” said Deputy Healy Rae.