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Unforeseen medical treatment - Ireland


Health Service Executive (HSE)
Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850

Treatment, coverage & costs


  • To obtain treatment using your European Health Insurance Card, you should consult a doctor who is contracted to the Health Service Executive's primary care scheme (public health system).
  • Treatment is provided free of charge by these doctors.
  • You can get details of these doctors from the local Health Service Executive office.
  • If you are not sure that the doctor treating you is contracted to the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS), make clear you want to be treated under the public health system.


  • Medicines prescribed by a doctor, contracted to the HSE are supplied subject to a nominal prescription charge.


  • Necessary dental treatment, including denture repair, is available from dentists contracted to the HSE.
  • Contact your local Health Service Executive office or dental clinic prior to treatment.

Hospital treatment

  • In an emergency, go directly to the accident and emergency department of any public hospital.
  • There is no charge for any necessary care provided to European Health Insurance Card holders.


  • No information available.
  • In an emergency, transport by ambulance to a hospital is covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Air ambulance

  • No information available.


Ireland operates a benefit-in-kind healthcare system, so there is no reimbursement system.

Health Service Executive (HSE)
Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850

If you have to pay for care, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home to seek reimbursement.

Patient contribution
  • There is no co-payment for the treatment
  • There is a minimal charge for each item prescribed.

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy
  • These treatments have to be arranged in advance.
  • This may be arranged by a person and/or a hospital in another state.
  • It is necessary to contact the Local Health Office / hospital nearest the destination in Ireland in advance as the treating unit has to be aware of the treatment necessary and what is prescribed.

Loss of card

Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Ireland

Health Service Executive (HSE) – European Health Insurance Card

Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850