Visiting a Doctor in Ireland



There's no bigger headache for an expatriate than to be sick and helpless in a foreign country. But this doesn't necessarily have to be the case if you get acquainted with health care in Ireland before you move into the country.

First thing to consider would be purchasing international health insurance in Ireland or before the actual move in. Although qualifying for public healthcare in Ireland would have you covered for the basics, a private insurance would ensure that all medical bases are covered.

The rest of your healthcare worries can be put to rest though, as Ireland's medical facilities and personnel are mostly top of the line. 

There is an extensive network of hospitals in Ireland. Most major Irish towns have a general hospital. These hospitals can provide both a full range of services, for both diagnosis and treatment of in-patients and out-patients.

Bigger cities also have private hospitals that offer a wider variety of medical services. It is best to visit these hospitals for more complicated procedures. Private hospitals are also preferred for their more ‘exclusive' accommodation.

Public hospitals also offer a good range of medical services. As far as in-patient accommodation is concerned, general wards are more common, although private and semi-private rooms are also available.

The range of fees on basic consultations with a GP (general practitioner) is about 20-35 Euros, while you'd have to pay around 40-50 Euros for a consultation and treatment with a specialist. If you are to be treated as an inpatient, fees would range around 100 to 130 Euros per day in a private facility.

Doctors in Ireland are generally very competent, but it is always a better idea to meet with one that you wish to be your family doctor. There is a registration procedure for this that the Irish College of General Practitioners is now planning to establish to ensure a more systematic scheme.