It must be:
- medically necessary care that can’t wait till you get home
- within 12 months after you arrive.
You’ll still need to pay a fee for each service.
- care as a public patient in a public hospital
- maternity care
- part of the cost of prescription medicines if you spend over a set amount in 1 month.
What it doesn’t cover
It doesn’t cover:
- accommodation as a private patient in a private or public hospital
- care as a private patient - this includes as a private patient in a public hospital
- prescription medicines below a set amount in 1 month
- anything you arranged before you got to Ireland
- visits to a GP.
Your travel insurance may cover some of these and other extra costs.
What to do
When you go to get health care:
- show your passport and your valid Medicare card
- pay the fee for the non-free part of the cost.
Keep all your receipts for medicines.
Where to find out more
Read about entitlement to health services on the Citizens Information website.