National Highly Specialized Oversees Referrals Programme
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National Highly Specialized Oversees Referrals Programme


The Unit is responsible for the logistical arrangements of patients who require treatment overseas. Patients may be referred under different routes, that is, either under the long standing UK-Malta Bilateral Agreement or under the EU Regulations (S2 Route) or the Agreement with ISMETT (Palermo).

The services offered through this programme are considered as an extension to the services being offered locally. Cases referred overseas require specialised equipment and highly specialised interventions which can be offered in a very few centres overseas.
However the MFH is continuously exploring areas where to invest and to develop specialised treatment at Mater Dei in order to reduce the number of patients being referred overseas. This is aimed to reduce the burden and hardship families go through when having to leave Malta for treatment.