- NAGP to highlight potential benefits of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive
- The Cross Border Healthcare Directive has seen low levels of use despite potential to cut waiting times in Ireland
- GPs have cited a lack of awareness which the NAGP intend to address
The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has announced their intention to undertake an information drive highlighting the benefits of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive to their members and patients. The Cross Border Directive allows for EU residents to access health services in EU member states other than their own. The NAGP has stated that the Directive has the potential to significantly reduce waiting times for day, inpatient and outpatient care in Ireland and ensure patients are seen sooner. The planned information drive was agreed upon at a meeting of the National Council in Dublin yesterday (1st July).
Dr. Emmet Kerin, NAGP President, explained the move, “Feedback from our members has highlighted the considerable lack of awareness among GPs and patients that they have the right to seek healthcare in another EU country. This has resulted in relatively low levels of uptake. The Directive, while not an ideal solution to the issues in our health system, has the potential to alleviate the pressure on hospitals and cut waiting times. The NAGP will, in the best interests of patients, proactively highlight the Cross Border Healthcare Directive to our members”.