Accessing Healthcare in Ireland under CBD

Accessing Healthcare in Ireland under CBD

Persons from other EU member states seeking to avail of healthcare in Ireland are urged to clarify their entitlement to reimbursement for same via the National Contact Point in their home country: services available under the Cross Border Directive are determined by governing legislation in the applicant's member state of residence.

The Irish hospital system contains a mix of public and private hospitals, with public hospitals treating both public and private patients. On admittance to a public hospital, patients make a choice to be treated on a public or private basis by their consultant.

There are 48 public hospitals in Ireland. For the purpose of private hospital charges, these are grouped into three categories based on hospital status and level of treatment complexity. Category 1 is comprised of Health Service Executive (HSE) regional hospitals, voluntary and joint board teaching hospitals, Category 2 includes HSE county hospitals and voluntary non-teaching hospitals, and Category 3 is made up of HSE district hospitals.

There are 21 private hospitals affiliated with the Independent Hospital Association of Ireland and involved in the provision of acute care. They collectively provide over 1 in 6 acute beds to the Irish healthcare system and employ circa 8,000 people. Private hospitals provide a range of diagnostic services, day case, inpatient and other associated acute hospital services. 

Provider Contact Details Website
Aut Even Hospital , Freshford Road, Co. Kilkenny 0035356-7775275
Barringtons Hospital , George’s Quay, Limerick 0035361-490520/490511
UPMC Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin 18 003531-2936600
Blackrock Clinic , Blackrock Co. Dublin 3531-2832222
Bon Secours Health System
College Road, Cork, Co. Cork 0035321-4542807  
Strand Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry 0035366-7149800  
Renmore, Galway, Co. Galway 0035391-381900
Glasnein, Dublin 9 003531-8375111  
Clane General Hospital , Prosperous Road, Clane, Co. Kildare 0035345-982300
Galway Clinic, Doughiska, Co. Galway 0035391-785000
Hermitage Medical Centre, Old Lucan Road , Dublin 20 003531-6459000
Highfield Healthcare , Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 003531-8374444
Mount Carmel Hospital , Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14 003531-4063400     
Mater Private Hospital ,
Mater Private Dublin, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 003531-8858888  
Mater Private Cork, City GateMahon, Cork 35321-4396955  
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ray MacSharry Road , Garden Hill, Sligo              0035371-9162649  
St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan,Co. Dublin 003531-2771500
St Patrick’s University Hospital , James’s Street, Dublin 8 003531-2493200
St Vincent’s Private Hospital , Elm Park, Dublin 4 003531-2638000/2609200
Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry Demesne, Dublin 9 003531-5262000
Whitfield Clinic , Butlerstown North, Cork Road, Waterford 0035351-337400


Irish Medical Council Doctors:

For queries on registered doctors in Ireland please contact:

Medical Council
Kingram House
Kingram Place
Dublin 2

Telephone +353 1 4983100
Fax +353 1 4983102

or visit:

Information for people from other EU Member States

For Quality standards and compliance please see the link below.

Complaints procedures and methods of seeking remedies:

Find more details on the HSE complaints procedure

However, patients accessing services in Ireland with a private hospital or with a private provider should seek confirmation of the complaints procedure specific to that healthcare provider. Most private hospitals publish their complaints procedures on their websites or make them available upon request.

Legal and administrative options available to settle disputes, including in the event of harm arising from the provision of healthcare:

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional body for solicitors and exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2008 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors' profession. For information and advice on legal options for settling disputes with a health care provider you should visit the Law Society of Ireland website .

Enabling patients resident in another member state to exercise theirs rights in relation to access cross border healthcare in Ireland

A healthcare providers right to provide services:

For information specific to a healthcare provider please email with your query and the staff of the National Contact Point will provide assistance.

All healthcare professionals who provide cross-border healthcare under the Cross-Border Directive in the State are legally obliged to have professional liability insurance.

Standards and Guidelines on quality and safety:

For information on standards and guidelines on quality and safety please visit the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Provision on the supervision and assessment of healthcare providers:

For information on the supervision and assessment of healthcare providers please visit the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Accessibility of hospitals for persons with disabilities:

For hospital specific information please email the relevant hospital directly or and the staff of the National Contact Point will provide assistance with your query.

Professional Liability:

If you are intending to access healthcare in one of our private hospitals providers and you wish to ensure that hospital holds an appropriate level of professional liability insurance please email your query to .


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