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Liaison Officers ‘must approve drugs’ for fertility treatments

11 Feb 2016


Fianna Fáil Deputy Robert Troy

The Department of Health is commissioning an evidence review of international public funding models. Although in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is not provided by the Irish public health service, there is some support available in that patients who access IVF treatment privately may claim tax relief on the costs involved under the tax relief for medical expenses scheme.

In addition, a defined list of fertility medicines needed for fertility treatment is covered under the High Tech Scheme administered by the HSE. Medicines covered by the High Tech Scheme must be prescribed by a consultant/specialist and approved by the HSE ‘High Tech Liaison Officers’, the Minister for Health said in response to Dáil questioning by Fianna Fáil Deputy Robert Troy.

The cost of the medicines is then covered, as appropriate, under the Medical Card or Drugs Payment Scheme.

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