Applying for repayment

After you have paid for your healthcare with a private provider in Northern Ireland, you can apply for a repayment towards the cost under the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NIPHS).

How much you can claim under the NIPHS

How to qualify for the NIPHS scheme

Completing the NIPHS pro forma invoice

To apply for repayment under the NIPHS, you and your healthcare provider in Northern Ireland should complete the pro forma invoice.

Before you leave the hospital, ask the consultant to fill in part B.

They must use the correct DRG (Diagnosis-Related Group) code.

Applying for repayment

To apply for repayment you must submit your:

  • completed pro forma invoice
  • hospital's original invoice and receipt
  • referral letter from the GP or public consultant in Ireland
  • proof of travel to Northern Ireland such as accommodation or parking receipts

Send the completed invoice and supporting documents to:

Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme,
St Canice’s Hospital,
Co. Kilkenny

We aim to repay patients within 30 working days of getting all the completed documents.

Repayments are made only to the patient or a parent or guardian if the patient is under 18.

The executor of a patient’s estate can apply for repayment if the patient has died.

Contact the NIPHS office about a repayment

Appeal a decision on the NIPHS

If you paid in a different currency

If you used a currency other than Euro to pay for your healthcare, you can claim repayment based on the exchange rate you were given at the time.

But you must include proof of the exchange rate in your application, such as a bank statement or a currency exchange receipt.

Misleading information

You’re breaking the law if you enter any false or misleading information on the pro forma invoice.

If you are paid money based on false or misleading information, the HSE will reclaim the money from you.

Page last reviewed: 25 January 2022
Next review due: 25 January 2025