A new hospital has opened in Spain to treat patients on long public waiting lists in Ireland.
This hospital is part of a major new healthcare agreement where patients will be treated under the EU Cross-Border Treatments Directive, meaning the Health Service Executive (HSE) will cover the cost of treatment up to what it would cost in Ireland.
Located on the Costa Blanca, Alicante, it is a new 64-bed hospital that will see around 1,500 Irish patients travel each year for scheduled routine surgeries.
Almost every treatment currently available in the Irish public system will be offered at the new hospital.
The hospital is expected to perform a large number of hip surgery, knee surgery, spine surgery, cataract surgery, weight loss surgery and other treatments.
The agreement was reached between Hospital Clinical Benidorm Hospitales Group (HBC) and Healthcare Abroad, an Irish logistics company that supports patients traveling there for treatment.
The patient bears the costs for accommodation and travel expenses himself.
Paul Byrne, Healthcare Abroad’s Chief Operations Officer, told RTÉ the partnership with one of Spain’s leading hospital groups will transform the lives of many Irish patients and provide faster access to essential healthcare treatments that will directly impact their quality of life.
The number of patients covered by the cross-border directive has increased in recent years.
In 2019, the HSE said 4,961 patients were reimbursed €13 million for treatment abroad.
In 2020, figures showed that despite the pandemic, 4,723 patients were insured for care abroad for 15 million euros.
So far this year, 600 patients abroad have been treated for two million euros.
The most common EU countries where Irish people seek treatment under the program are Spain, Poland, Lithuania and Germany.
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