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Health Care in Clifden

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

The healthcare system in Clifden, is a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, known as the Health Service Executive (HSE), provides a range of services to both Irish citizens and foreigners, while private healthcare options are also available for those who prefer them.

Ireland’s Healthcare System

Ireland’s public healthcare system, the Health Service Executive (HSE), is available to both Irish citizens and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. Public hospitals in Clifden, such as Clifden District Hospital, are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. However, some people may prefer to use private hospitals for these services. Public hospitals in Clifden can be busy, with long waiting times for non-emergency treatments. Foreigners are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Ireland, but expats may primarily use private hospitals for their healthcare needs. Private hospitals in Clifden are known for their high-quality care and shorter waiting times for treatments.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Clifden

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Clifden include:

  • Clifden District Hospital (public) – located in Clifden
  • Galway Clinic (private) – located in Galway, approximately 80 km from Clifden
  • University Hospital Galway (public) – located in Galway, approximately 80 km from Clifden
In case of limited options in Clifden, expats may need to travel to nearby cities like Galway for specialized medical care and surgeries.

Emergency Services in Clifden

There are ambulance services available in Clifden. In case of an emergency, you can call 112 or 999 to request an ambulance. The response time for ambulances can vary, but they generally arrive as quickly as possible. However, in some cases, there may be delays due to traffic or other factors.

Health Insurance Companies in Clifden

Some popular private health insurance companies in Clifden include Vhi Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, and Irish Life Health. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers. It is essential to compare the coverage and costs of various insurance plans to find the best option for your healthcare needs.

Joshua WoodJoshua 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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