What are healthcare services like in Ireland?
We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Ireland. They wrote...
"Ireland offers a wide range of public and private healthcare services. Public healthcare consists of a system that is financed through taxation and provides citizens with basic medical care including emergency services, primary care, in-patient care and mental health services, free of charge or at a nominal cost. Private healthcare services in Ireland, such as GP practices, private hospitals, and other independent health care providers, allow for a wider range of choices and more personalized care for those willing and able to pay for their own healthcare costs. In recent years, Ireland has also made significant investments in expanding access to health care and providing better support for health promotion and disease prevention," remarked another expat who made the move to Ireland.
"Almost every town or village has a family doctor (GP), readily available, some even making house calls after hours. Once the GP, or vision doctor or dental doctor make a referral to a specialist under the Irish system (most often free) one waits four months for an appointment and forward going procedures. If an emergency, local hospitals provide immediate care. My husband had full hernia surgery under general anesthesia and the cost, out of pocket to us was €1 (yes, a little over a dollar US). The bill amount Ireland covered was only about €1500 compared to multiple thousands of dollars in the US. That included pre and post surgical care and follow up," explained one expat living in Tobercurry, Ireland.
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- What are medical services in Ireland like?
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- How are local medical facilities in Ireland?
- As a foreigner living in Ireland, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
What are healthcare services like in Ireland?If you live in Ireland, newcomers to Ireland would love to hear your answer to this question.
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