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Health Care in Kilkenny

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Kilkenny: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Kilkenny.

The healthcare system in Kilkenny, is a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, known as the Health Service Executive (HSE), provides a wide range of services, while private healthcare offers additional options for those who can afford it.

Ireland's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Ireland is managed by the Health Service Executive (HSE). It provides a wide range of services, from general practitioner services to hospital care. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, although they may be required to pay for certain services. Public hospitals in Kilkenny, such as St. Luke's General Hospital, are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. However, the experience at a public hospital can vary, with some patients reporting long wait times and crowded conditions. On the other hand, private hospitals in Kilkenny, such as Aut Even Hospital, offer a more personalized experience, with shorter wait times and more comfortable facilities. Expats often prefer private hospitals, although they are more expensive.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Kilkenny

  • St. Luke's General Hospital - A public hospital located in Kilkenny City. It provides a wide range of services, including emergency care and major surgeries.
  • Aut Even Hospital - A private hospital located in Kilkenny City. It offers a range of services, including orthopedics, general surgery, and gynecology.
  • Kilkenny Clinic - A private clinic located in Kilkenny City. It offers a range of services, including general practice, dermatology, and physiotherapy.
In the event that there are no suitable hospitals in Kilkenny, expats often travel to Dublin, which is approximately 90 minutes by car. There, they can access a wider range of specialized medical care and surgeries at hospitals such as St. James's Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Emergency Services in Kilkenny

Emergency services, including ambulance services, are available in Kilkenny. In case of an emergency, you can call 112 or 999. The response time can vary, but generally, the ambulance services are reliable and efficient.

Health Insurance Companies in Kilkenny

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Kilkenny, including Vhi Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, and Irish Life Health. These companies offer a range of plans, from basic coverage to comprehensive plans that include private hospital care. While some expats and digital nomads choose to use these local companies, others prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers, which may offer coverage in multiple countries and other benefits tailored to their needs.

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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