Regulation 15 of the European Union (Application of Patients' Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 65 of 2015) implementing Article 4(2)(d) of the European Union Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare came into force on 31 March 2015.
This regulation specifies that a healthcare professional providing cross-border healthcare must have professional liability insurance, or a guarantee of similar arrangement appropriate to the nature and extent of the risk for treatment provided in the State.
It is important to note that these regulations place obligations only on healthcare professionals who are providing cross-border healthcare under the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive to have professional liability insurance. For example, treatments provided to European citizens under the European Health Insurance Care do not fall under the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive. It is also important to note that health professionals employed in the public health service are already covered for insurance purposes by the State’s Clinical Indemnity Scheme.
Further information can be found on the HSE's website www.hse.ie/crossborderdirective