Nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA*)
Students on a temporary stay in Ireland are entitled to public healthcare that may become necessary during their stay in Ireland on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or equivalent. To avail of public health services, you must attend a doctor who is registered with the General Medical Scheme (GMS). Medication prescribed by this doctor may be obtained, free of charge, from any local pharmacy. This scheme does not cover any medical condition that existed prior to the student arriving in Ireland. If hospital treatment is required, you should attend the nearest hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department and present your EHIC or equivalent.
Under the General Medical Scheme in Ireland, for non-emergency cases, there may be a delay in obtaining an appointment with a specialist doctor and in obtaining hospital treatment. Persons who have private medical insurance can usually obtain such treatment more speedily. Any students wishing to obtain private health care are advised to do so before coming to Ireland.
Students from countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) should obtain private health insurance before coming to Ireland. This can be done easily online here, and costs €120 for 12 months.
*The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the 28 EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the non-EU member states: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.