Information for Patients
Healthcare in Ireland is of high quality and standard as is the case in many Western European nations. The health system is divided into two categories – public and private. The public sector is managed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland, providing universal healthcare to all citizens and residents of Ireland. As part of EU agreements, EU citizens also have access to the Irish public health system. While the quality of care is high, due to high demand, private sector hospitals tend to be frequented by those trying to avoid long queues for key procedures such as primary care, maternity, radiology, etc.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Irish Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult the representative of a key Irish medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Ireland. Fluency in English is required in order to practice in the country medically.
English is the language of instruction for medical education in Ireland.
Information for Travelers
EU citizen expats in Ireland are entitled to access the Irish health care service free of charge. Non-EU/Irish citizen residents have full access to the Irish healthcare system provided they have the appropriate visa and residency permit. UK citizens can simple show they NIH number to also access free of charge due to cross country agreements. Medical tourism is not common in Ireland but has been slowly gaining momentum over the years, especially from Northern Ireland.
Vaccinations are not necessary prior to travel to Ireland.
The main languages of the country are both Gaelic and Irish, but every medical staff and the majority of the country speaks predominately in English.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/