Medicines, Hospitals in Dublin


Hospitals in Dublin

There are three different types of hospital provision in Ireland:

  • Health Service Executive (HSE) Hospitals - Owned and funded by the HSE.
  • Voluntary Public Hospitals - Most of whose income comes from State funds. Voluntary public hospitals are sometimes owned by private bodies, for example, religious orders. Other voluntary public hospitals are incorporated by charter or statute and are run by boards often appointed by the Minister for Health.
  • Private Hospitals - which receive no State funding.

As a public patient, you do not have to pay for consultants' services and you do not have a choice of consultants. However, if you choose to be a private patient in a public hospital, you become the private patient of the consultant treating you and you must pay for all consultant services provided to you. Private hospitals are free to set their own charges to patients

Deaf and hard of hearing patients are entitled to interpretation services in public hospitals in Ireland. You should notify the hospital that you are deaf or hard of hearing in advance of your visit so they can make any necessary arrangements. Further information regarding these services is available from the Director of Disability Services at your Local Health Office.

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Pharmacies in Ireland

Both prescription and non-prescription medicines can be bought in pharmacies. Prescribed drugs and medicines are covered by the medical card, although some charges apply to most medical card holders.

Moreover, if you are not covered by the medical card or any other schemes, you can register for the Drugs Payment Scheme which limits the monthly cost of prescription medicines.

You can find the closest pharmacy to you on The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Update 14/10/2017


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