Med1 - can I claim medical expenses incurred abroad

Discussion in 'Tax' started by emul, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. emul

    emul Frequent Poster

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    Last edited: Jul 7, 2007
    Mod's maybe this should be in Welfare and state benefit as I see similar issues there

    I need to have an MRI and the sooner the better. I am with Quinn but it will still take 4-5 weeks to have done privately. I have the option of going to Germany and getting it done there. Can I claim back foreign medical expenses on a Med1?
    It appears from this form http://www.revenue.ie/index.htm?/revguide/healthexpenses.htm that I can probably claim for the MRI but not the travel or accommodation
    "Reasonable travelling & accommodation expenses if qualifying health care is only available outside Ireland"
    as I could get MRI here.

    Thoughts?


    Thanks

    Eoin
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2007
  2. polar

    polar Frequent Poster

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    Yes, you can claim for medical procedures performed abroad. I got my eyes lasered in the UK and the Revenue accepted this. In fact, I was advised by a member of the Revenue staff about it and he had claimed the relief for his own foreign laser operation. I don't see why an MRI would be any different.
     
  3. emul

    emul Frequent Poster

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    Polar

    Thanks for middle of the night response. Did you also claim travel and acc?

    Eoin
     
  4. polar

    polar Frequent Poster

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    Hi emul,

    No, you can't claim for travel and expenses, as the procedure IS available in Ireland - you can only claim if you are travelling for a procedure not available in the State.

    Check the full list of conditions as outlined by the Revenue Commissioners here.