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Unforeseen medical treatment - Ireland


Health Service Executive (HSE)
Tel: + 353 (0)1 635 2500
Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850

Treatment & 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 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 the European Health Insurance Card holders.


  • No information available.

Air ambulance

  • No information available.


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

Health Service Executive (HSE)
Tel: + 353 (0)1 635 2500
Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850

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


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