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Medical Tourism

Irish citizens travel abroad each year for the purpose of medical services, including surgical, dental and cosmetic procedures. Travellers should be aware that all surgery contains an element of risk. Individuals should seek to inform themselves of both the risks and benefits of any procedures, and are advised to discuss their plans carefully with their own doctor, dentist and/or hospital specialist before committing to any procedure abroad.

Individuals should also familiarise themselves with any follow-up treatment or process that may be required, and be aware that they may encounter communication difficulties in a non-English speaking environment. It is essential that appropriate travel insurance is in place.

Irish citizens considering medical treatment abroad are advised to carry out independent research regarding the credentials of any potential service provider and to ensure that the facility is accredited with the appropriate authorities in that country. Individuals should also note that the EU’s Cross Border Directive and Treatment Abroad Scheme does not extend to countries outside the EU.