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Health Care in Kenmare

Learn about the health system in Kenmare: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Kenmare.
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Kenmare, a small town in County Kerry, Ireland, offers healthcare services through both public and private systems. The public healthcare system, known as the Health Service Executive (HSE), provides services to both locals and foreigners, while private hospitals offer additional options for those seeking specialized care.

Ireland’s Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Ireland is managed by the Health Service Executive (HSE), which provides a range of services, including primary care, hospital care, and mental health services. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Ireland, although many choose to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Kenmare, like other parts of Ireland, can be crowded and have long waiting times, but they are generally well-equipped and staffed by skilled professionals. Private hospitals in Kenmare offer a more comfortable experience, with shorter waiting times and more personalized care, making them a popular choice for expats and those seeking specialized treatment.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Kenmare

Kenmare has limited healthcare facilities, but there are some options available for expats and locals. Some recommended clinics and hospitals in Kenmare include:

  • Kenmare Primary Care Centre (public) – located in the town center, offering primary care services.
  • Kenmare Family Practice (private) – a general practice clinic located in the town center.
For more specialized care or emergencies, expats in Kenmare may need to travel to nearby cities, such as Killarney (approximately 40 minutes by car) or Cork (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes by car), where larger hospitals and specialized clinics are available.

Emergency Services in Kenmare

Kenmare has limited emergency services, and there may not be a dedicated ambulance service in the town. In case of an emergency, residents can call the national emergency number, 112 or 999, to request an ambulance. Response times may vary depending on the location and availability of ambulances in the area.

Health Insurance Companies in Kenmare

Popular private health insurers in Ireland include Vhi Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, and Irish Life Health. These companies offer a range of plans and coverage options for individuals and families. Expats and digital nomads living in Kenmare may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that cater to their specific needs and offer coverage for treatment in both public and private hospitals.

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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