VETERANS MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION SCHEME
If you are looking for General Information about the VMAS Medical Assistance Scheme please check out our FAQ's below.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are looking for General Information about the Veterans Medical Administration Scheme please check out our FAQ's below
Veterans Administration Scheme please check out our FAQ's below.
HOW DOES THE VETERANS MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION SCHEME (VMAS) WORK?
The Veterans Medical Administration Scheme (V.M.A.S.) is a facilitation scheme to allow members of the scheme, to receive treatment under the terms and conditions of the EU/EAA and Cross Border Healthcare Directive (C.B.D). V.M.A.S, will assist its members in attaining medical treatment, under the cross border and EU schemes, who have been suitably referred, to receive a consultation in Private Hospital in Northern Ireland. Once HSE prior permission is received the member will attend the allocated Private Hospital to receive treatment and aftercare services several weeks later. Proscribed Hospitals will assist members in the application and reimbursement process to the HSE. The time frame for this is approximately eight weeks.
HOW DO I JOIN VMAS?
To join V.M.A.S, I.D.F.V.A members must apply to join the scheme for €1.00 per week, this €1 covers the of administering the scheme only, and not your loan to apply please got to https://mymvmas.com/ and select the appropriate payment for you. I.D.F.V.A members can also request an application form by contacting their local or National IDFVA Committee or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE SCHEME?
Any service which is provided by the public health services in Ireland can be availed of under the EU/EAA and Cross Border Directive (CBD).
HOW WILL FUNDING FOR TREATMENT UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CBD BE SECURED?
Our prefered way is through the local Credit Union but this is entirely up to you, Bank or Building Society can provide finance to you for EU/EAA and CBD to their members who have received Pre Approval, for treatment under the terms of the CBD. YOUR LOCAL Credit Union can lend you the finance that will allow you to receive your required treatment, then the HSE will reimburse your credit union the appropriate amount for your treatment.(Subject to credit facilities terms and conditions)
DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF the LOCAL CREDIT UNION TO JOIN VMAS?
You do not have to be a member of a Credit Union to join VMAS. However, credit unions are our prefered option for loans, as they have the facilities for emergency loans for their members.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Funding may only be guaranteed for treatment under the terms of the CBD for a maximum amount of €15,000 By the HSE.
WILL I NEED TO PAY THE INTEREST THAT ACCRUES ON MY YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION LOAN?
Yes, you are responsible for your own loans and repayments.
IF I HAVE A BAD CREDIT HISTORY WILL THIS AFFECT MY ABILITY TO RECEIVE A LOAN FROM YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION?
This loan with agreement of your credit union will be a ‘bridging’ type loan that may be independent from any other loan products that members already have. this is subject to all the usual terms and conditions placed on borrowers.
HOW WILL VMAS DECIDE HOW MEMBERS ARE PRIORITISED FOR TREATMENT?
VMAS will consider the following criteria to allow members access to treatment.
WHERE WILL THE TREATMENT BE CARRIED OUT?
Most treatments and services will be carried at Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast where possible. as this is our preferred hospital of choice
HOW DOES A MEMBER GET REFERRED FOR TREATMENT?
VMAS will contact your GP practices to highlight the benefits of having members treated under the EU Cross Border Directive. VMAS have been informing GP's of this scheme and the benefits of the EU/EAA and CBD
IF I ALREADY HAVE A REFERRAL TO A PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IN IRELAND CAN I USE THIS REFERRAL TO SEEK ACCESS TO TREATMENT?
You cannot under any circumstance, access an outpatient appointment in a private capacity in Ireland be accepted for CBD the purpose of accessing healthcare in the North. Public referral is the only applicable pathway in Ireland to access this scheme. Public consultant through your GP s the only appointment that can be accepted. The attendance of a private appointment in Ireland deems the patient a private patient and not a public patient for the purpose of provisions the Cross Border Directive.
DOES THE FACT THAT I HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PRECLUDE ME FROM APPLYING FOR THIS SCHEME?
No, patients who have private health insurance can and do opt not to use it in favour of being treated as public patients here in Ireland. It is your status as a public patient which entitles you to opt for services under the terms of the CBD.
It is of course understood and accepted that any private patient can opt to avail of public patient status but only by following public referral pathways: private status cannot be used as a means of circumventing waiting lists for the purposes of prioritised access.(1)
Public referral is the only applicable to receive treatment under the EU/EAA and cross border scheme.
IF I AM ON A PUBLIC WAITING LIST CAN I APPLY?
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE?
There is a system of prior authorisation in respect of inpatient care as allowed for under the Directive. This system is in place for the following reasons to ensure:
WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE EU CROSS BORDER HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVE?
WHEN I APPLY, HOW LONG DOES THE DECISION PROCESS TAKE?
A decision can be expected between 15 and 20 working days following the receipt of a completed application.
IF I KNOW I NEED TREATMENT CAN I SELF-REFER?
You may not self-refer.
HOW AND WHERE DO I APPLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT?
Requests for reimbursement will be made through the NCP office. The have introduced a pro-forma invoice so that patients will have a document which guides them through the required information in order to claim reimbursement. Kingsbridge Private Hospital will assist Patient with the reimbursement process.
CAN FAMILY MEMBERS SEEK TREATMENT THROUGH VMAS?
Currently there is no provision for family members to access treatment through VMAS membership scheme.
CAN NON-IDFVA MEMBERS ACCESS TREATMENT THROUGH VMAS?
Currently there is no provision for Ex-IDFVA members to access treatment through VMAS.
WILL BREXIT AFFECT THE WORKINGS OF VMAS?
We have received assurance that it wont.