The Irish Health Services Executive has approved 3.2M Euros for bilateral implants for children in 2014. The Happy New Ear campaign has been fundamental in helping Ireland approach the standard of care for children who qualify for bilateral implants.
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has given a cautious welcome to the inclusion in the HSE Service Plan for 2014 of €3.22 million for a bilateral simultaneous and sequential cochlear implant programme.
Parents at Beaumont Hospital in Ireland have started a campaign to try and get health care coverage for bilateral implants for their children. We first reported the single implant per child last month here.
Now these parents have created a video letter to the Minister of Health to plead their case.
Deaf babies in Ireland enjoy a head start, frequently getting a cochlear implant at 7 months. However, the Health Services Executive does not provide funding for bilateral implants. Read about the struggle in the Irish Examiner.