Healthcare in Dublin

How to find a General Practitioner, doctor, physician in Dublin

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If you don't want healthcare protection from the country where you normally live, your situation depends on the country where you originally came from.

If you wish, you can register with a specific healthcare protection from your country of origin (when provided), but you will still pay and benefit from the local system.

In Ireland, doctor charges are around €40

There are three different types of hospitals in Ireland but there is very little difference in practice between the first two types:

  • Health Service Executive hospitals, owned and funded by the Health Service Executive
  • Voluntary public hospitals, most of whose income comes directly from the government. Voluntary public hospitals are sometimes owned by private bodies, i.e., religious orders.
  • Private hospitals, which receive no state funding.

European Card for Sickness Insurance

In case of medical care need when abroad in Europe, it allows European members to get refund for their medical expenses, according to the legal arrangement in the visited country.
It replaces the E111 form and other European forms (E110, E119, E128) used for short term visits in European countries. It is an individual card with your name, and each family member should have one (including children under 16). It is valid 1 year and free.
The card is not given automatically: you will need to ask your social security centre a few weeks before the departure.

Update 26/12/2007


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With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Dublin is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Ireland. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover! works in partnership with APRIL International to provide specific insurance solutions for travelling or staying outside your country of nationality.

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