Health & Welfare – Education Ireland MY

Health & Welfare

Ireland’s health system is run by regional health boards which are all centrally controlled by the Department of Health and Children. Free medical care is available for those on low incomes and hospital services are available for reasonables costs for those on higher incomes. Visits to a General Practitioner costs about €45.00.

Health Insurance for students attending higher education institutions:

EU Students

Under EU/EEA regulations, students from other member states who are attending a course of study are entitled to free hospital services provided they have Form E.109 with them. In order to be eligible you will be required to provide the Irish health authorities with documentation from your home country that validates your entitlement. You should therefore contact the Health Authority in your home country, well in advance of travelling to Ireland, to fulfil any registration requirements and to obtain the necessary forms that you will need. From 1st June 2004 the E111 and a number of other ‘E’ forms (i.e. E128) have been replaced by a new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC must be obtained in the home country before departure. (

Non EU Students

Students from non-EU countries are not covered for any free medical attention off-campus and must therefore have their own private insurance.

Please note that heavy levies are charged for all hospitalisation and it is advised to make provision for adequate medical insurance.

Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Proof of health insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.

Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for private medical care as this ensures choice of hospital, doctor and hospital accommodation in the event of illness. It is possible to obtain private medical insurance from the Voluntary Health Insurance Board (VHI), Hibernian Health or from Quinn Healthcare to cover private medical care:

VHI Logo
V.H.I House 70,
South Mall Cork.
Tel: +353 21 277188 
Hibernia Health
Mountain View
Central Park
Dublin 18
Tel: +353 818200016

Quinn Healthcare logo

Tel: 1890700890


  • A student health service is provided in third level institutions. It is free of charge and completely confidential. It is staffed by doctors, nurses and counsellors who are equipped to deal with various medical problems however, this service does not provide 24 hour cover.
  • Counselling services and study skills workshops are also provided on-campus for all students. In addition, all third-level institutions have ‘International Student Offices’ whose personnel are equipped to deal with the issues faced by overseas students.