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Expat Exchange - Health Care in Westport 2024
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Health Care in Westport

By Betsy Burlingame

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

The healthcare system in Westport 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, there is also a robust private healthcare sector that many residents and expats choose to utilize.

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 practice to hospital care. The HSE is used by both residents and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. However, the quality of care can vary, and for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, some people may recommend using private hospitals. Public hospitals in Westport, like Mayo General Hospital, provide a range of services but can be busy and have longer wait times. Private hospitals, on the other hand, often have shorter wait times and more personalized care. Many expats choose to use private hospitals for their healthcare needs.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Westport

There are several healthcare facilities in and around Westport that are recommended for expats. These include:

  • Mayo General Hospital (public) - located in Castlebar, about 15 minutes by car from Westport.
  • Galway Clinic (private) - located in Galway, about an hour and a half by car from Westport. This hospital is known for its specialist care.
  • University Hospital Galway (public) - also located in Galway, this hospital provides a wide range of services.
In the case of few or no hospitals in Westport, expats typically go to Mayo General Hospital or the hospitals in Galway for emergencies, specialized medical care, and surgeries.

Emergency Services in Westport

Westport has ambulance services available for emergencies. The emergency number in Ireland is 112 or 999. While the response time can vary, the services generally aim to respond as quickly as possible.

Health Insurance Companies in Westport

There are several popular private health insurers in Westport, including VHI Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, and Irish Life Health. These companies offer a range of plans and coverage options. While some expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local companies, many opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage tailored to their specific 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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