Going through eating distress can
not only be an emotional trauma for the sufferer and the whole
family, under the existing health system it can as well be an
enormous financial burden.
Of the three health insurances the
VHI is the only one, which is paying under certain conditions for a
treatment in one of the specialised hospitals. You may find more information on their website.
Some sufferers receive financial
support from the HSE for an out-patient treatment, but
this is not always easy to get. You have to learn about your rights.
The financial burden can be very difficult
especially for sufferers and their families, who are not living in
Dublin. Often we hear people telling us, that for 1 hour therapy
they have to travel up to Dublin by car or train, which can take
numerous hours, stay there over night in a B&B and come back the
following day. The costs can be overwhelming and for many impossible
There are allowances and benefits
available, learn about them and make an application.
Most sufferers are entitled to
disability allowance. In various circumstances one parent or family
member is entitled to the carers allowance.
There are supplementary
allowances towards therapy costs, travel allowance, back to
education allowances etc ( see list on the left ). The application procedure can sometimes be
very frustrating. You should not accept an official NO!
Appeal it. Even when your second application is turned down keep trying.
There are very understanding people
working in the HSE, and usually you will receive
the allowances you are entitled to.
If you still feel you need more help
and advice here is a list of useful sites about general citizen
information in Ireland. Or send us an e-mail.