Health Insurance Cover for Lymphoedema

We have been trying to get information about insurance cover for lymphoedema treatment.  The Health Insurance Authority wasn’t able to help.

We emailed all 3 Irish health insurance companies and asked what cover they had for each of the following:

  1. Complete Decongestive Therapy [CDT]
  2. Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD]
  3. Compression garments
  4. Bandages
  5. Pumps or other devices
  6. Treatment in specialist lymphoedema clinics abroad
    [e.g. Foldi Clinic in Germany, Wittlinger Clinic in Austria]

To date,  Irish Life Health and VHI have replied to us.  See their detailed response on the next pages.

We will write letters to the CEOs of the other 2 companies and will post their response here when we get it.

Summary of Cover

Note that the level of cover varies from plan to plan.  Please check the detail with the insurance company directly.