Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion



Health Service Executive (HSE)
Tel: HSE Info Line 1850 24 1850 / +353 41 6850300

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 / +353 41 6850300

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 nominal 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.

How do I apply for an EHIC?

Doctors & hospitals accepting the EHIC

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 / +353 41 6850300

Email: hselive@hse.ie

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