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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 on Saturday.
NAGP President Dr Emmet Kerin commented: “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”.