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Health Care in Skerries

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

The healthcare system in Skerries 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, from general practice to hospital care. However, many residents also opt for private healthcare for more immediate access to specialists and procedures.

Ireland's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Ireland, the Health Service Executive (HSE), is funded by general taxation and provides free or subsidized healthcare to all residents of Ireland, including foreigners. However, the system is often criticized for long waiting times, particularly for non-emergency procedures. Public hospitals in Skerries, such as Lusk Community Unit, are generally well-equipped and staffed by professional medical personnel. However, for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, many residents and expats prefer private hospitals due to shorter waiting times. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Ireland, but many opt for private healthcare for more immediate access to services.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Skerries

Skerries does not have a major hospital, so residents typically travel to larger nearby cities for serious medical care. Some of the recommended hospitals and clinics include:

  • Beaumont Hospital (public) in Dublin, approximately 30 minutes by car from Skerries. This hospital is one of the major trauma centers in Ireland.
  • Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown (public) in Dublin, approximately 40 minutes by car from Skerries. This hospital has a wide range of specialties.
  • Bon Secours Hospital (private) in Dublin, approximately 40 minutes by car from Skerries. This hospital is known for its high-quality care and wide range of specialties.

Emergency Services in Skerries

Emergency services, including ambulance services, are available in Skerries. In case of an emergency, residents can dial 112 or 999 to call for an ambulance. The response time can vary depending on the nature of the emergency and the location, but generally, the services are reliable and efficient.

Health Insurance Companies in Skerries

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Skerries, including Vhi Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, and Irish Life Health. These companies offer a range of plans to suit different needs and budgets. While some expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local companies, many opt for international health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries and have plans specifically designed for expats and digital nomads.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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