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As a foreigner living in Ireland, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

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We asked expats in Ireland if they have access to public healthcare in Ireland. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Ireland, you will have access to public healthcare. The public healthcare system in Ireland is known as the Health Service Executive (HSE). It provides a range of services, including primary care, hospital care, mental health services, and disability services. The HSE also provides free healthcare to those who are eligible, including those who are unemployed, have a low income, or are under 18. The quality of care provided by the HSE is generally good, and the staff are friendly and helpful," said a member in Ireland.

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"Yes I qualify because I am a German pensioner and the German government dock my pension to pay the Irish government for my medical card. It covers most things but only with enormously long waiting lists. The public hospitals are dirty, OVERCROWDED and without sufficient doctors," remarked another expat who made the move to Galway, Ireland.

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