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The Long Walk in Galway, Ireland


Health Care in Galway

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Health Care in Galway: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

Galway has a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called the Health Service Executive (HSE). It is used by both Irish citizens and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Galway for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Galway are well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Ireland. However, many expats choose to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Private hospitals in Galway are well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. They also offer a more personalized experience than public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Galway

  • University Hospital Galway: This is a public hospital located in Galway city. It is the largest hospital in the region and specializes in emergency care, surgery, and maternity services.
  • Galway Clinic: This is a private hospital located in Galway city. It specializes in orthopedic surgery, cardiology, and oncology.
  • Galway University Hospital: This is a public hospital located in Galway city. It specializes in emergency care, surgery, and maternity services.
  • Galway Primary Care Centre: This is a public clinic located in Galway city. It specializes in primary care services such as general check-ups, vaccinations, and minor surgeries.

Emergency Services in Galway

Galway has an ambulance service that can be called in an emergency. The number to call is 112. Ambulances usually arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Galway

The most popular private health insurers in Galway are VHI, Laya, and Aviva. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, although some may choose to use specialized expat health insurance providers.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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