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What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Ireland?

If you are an expat living and working in Ireland, you will likely find the healthcare there to be of a high standard, in both the private and the public sectors. You may find that you are covered by national health insurance. In saying this, around 50% of the Irish population are currently covered by private providers, either as a top up to the public system, or as a replacement to it.    more ...

Prescriptions In Ireland: What Is Available And How To Ensure You Get The Right Level Of Care

You should have little difficulty in obtaining your prescription medication during your stay in Ireland. Whether or not you qualify for a medical card or a GP visit card, you can still apply for what is known as the drugs payment scheme, so long as you are deemed to be ordinarily resident in the country. You will be classed as ordinarily resident if you have been living in the country for a year, or are planning to do so. We will look at some of ...    more ...

Maternity Care In Ireland: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

The Mothers’ Index has recently ranked Ireland as the 22nd best place to give birth out of 179 countries – Norway came top. As an expectant expat living in Ireland, you will find a range of choices under the country’s public healthcare scheme, which includes extensive provision for home births. The country has recently published a National Maternity Strategy, which commits to providing more choice to women as to where they can give birth, a ...    more ...

How To Register With The Health System In Ireland

The Irish Health Act of 2004 established the Health Service Executive (HSE) – or in Irish, Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte ) – which set up a national insurance scheme from 2005. The system is being revised, however, and Ireland is currently the seventh highest spender on healthcare in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) listings. As an expat, you will be eligible for public healthcare under the national s ...    more ...

How To Look After Your Mental Health In Ireland

The organisation Mental Health Ireland reports that around one in four people in Ireland will develop a mental health problem at some point in their life. In 2016, around 18.5% of the Irish population was recorded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as suffering from a mental health disorder, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, or substance abuse. The OECD estimates that mental health problems cost the Iri ...    more ...

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Ireland

Ireland operates on a two-tier model of health insurance, with a public and a private sector. The latter is divided between for-profit healthcare institutions and voluntary not-for-profit ones, often run by religious organisations. For-profit health insurance currently covers around 50% of the Irish population, many of whom are either not covered by Ireland’s national health service, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE), or prefer to avoid ...    more ...

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Ireland

If you are living and working in Ireland, then you should not have too much difficulty in finding opportunities to keep fit and healthy. Ireland has a high standard of living and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, so there are lots of chances to get out and about. With an extensive coastline, some world class golf courses and a wide array of spa resorts, Ireland is the ideal place to keep active and well.    more ...

Dental And Ophthalmic Care In Ireland: How To Find The Right Options For You

In both the public and private healthcare sectors, dental and optical treatment are of a high standard in Ireland. What dental treatment you can access will depend on whether you are signed up with the national healthcare system. For instance, whether you hold a medical card or a GP visit card. If you do, then you will be entitled to some dental treatment under the public healthcare system, but if don’t, you may still be able to avoid paying ou ...    more ...

Healthcare Options In Ireland: A Guide For Expats

In Ireland, when you raise a glass to make a toast with friends, rather than saying “Cheers!”, you would say “ Sláinte !”. This is the Irish word for “health” – and as this toast suggests, health and healthcare are big priorities in Ireland. Overall, the Irish health system is safe, modern and efficient. Ireland scores 8.9 on the for health, which indicates strong healthcare and good indicators of everyday health, such as low pol ...    more ...

What Do Ireland's New Abortion Laws Mean For Expats?

Access to sexual health, family planning and prenatal healthcare is a key consideration when deciding to relocate to another country. It’s important to know what your options are around pregnancy, including in difficult cases such as medical complications, crisis pregnancy or decision to terminate.    more ...

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