Healthcare Resources 1

The mission of the Department of Health is to improve the health and well-being of people in Ireland

  • By keeping people healthy
  • Providing the healthcare people need
  • Delivering high-quality services
  • Getting the best value from health system resources.

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As outlined in the Health Service Executive Corporate Plan:  2015 – 2017

Goal 1

„Promote health and wellbeing as part of everything we do so that people will be healthier

Goal 2

„ Provide fair, equitable and timely access to quality, safe health services that people need.

Goal 3

„Foster a culture that is honest, compassionate, transparent and accountable

Goal 4

„Engage, develop and value our workforce to deliver the best possible care and services to the people who depend on them

Goal 5

„Manage resources in a way that delivers the best health outcomes, improves people’s experience of using the service and demonstrates value for money


Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966 as the Mental Health Association of Ireland.

MHI’s aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland. They have a network of 92 Mental Health Associations throughout the country, all led by volunteers.

The Mental Health Associations fundraise to organise outings and events for those struggling with mental health in their communities.

Their Area Development Officers support the Mental Health Associations and deliver awareness-raising initiatives and targeted education and training programmes on mental health issues in a variety of settings in local communities.

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If you have a medical card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE), you can receive certain health services free of charge. Normally, your dependent spouse or partner and your children are also covered for the same range of health services.

To qualify for a medical card, your weekly income must be below a certain figure for your family size. Cash income, savings, investments, and property (except for your own home) are taken into account in the means test.

GP visit cards:

If you do not qualify for a medical card on income grounds, you may qualify for a GP visit card.

What health services are normally covered?

If you have a medical card, you are entitled to:

1. Free GP (family doctor) services, including out-of-hours services
2. Prescribed drugs and medicines — some prescription charges apply
3. In-patient public hospital services, outpatient services, and medical appliances
4. Dental, optical and aural services
5. Maternity and infant care services
6. Some personal and social care services, for example, public health nursing, social work services, and other community care services
7. Short-term counseling for mild to moderate psychological difficulties, using the Counselling in Primary Care Service
8. A maternity cash grant of €10.16 on the birth of each child (apply to your Local Health Office)

Other benefits

Medical card holders pay the Universal Social Charge on their income if it is over the exemption limit, but there is a reduced rate. Medical card holders may also be exempt from paying school transport charges and State exam fees in publicly-funded second-level schools. There may also be financial help with buying school books in certain schools.



Living in Ireland is an easy-to-use, multi-purpose resource created by Crosscare Migrant Project. It provides general information on rights in five languages as well as exploring culture, language, history, society and participation in Ireland.

It is not a definitive guide to living in Ireland but a starting point from which residents and citizens can engage in mutual interaction and exchange. A voluntary forum called the Living in Ireland Website Group (LIIWG) assists in the further development of this website. The LIIWG meets regularly to decide on the content and layout of the website. If you would like to get involved in the LIIWG please contact

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.

Crosscare Migrant Project is a non-government information and advocacy project that provides information to intending, existing and returning Irish emigrants and migrants to Ireland, and also works to achieve positive change in migration-related policy. It is a project of Crosscare, the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Archdiocese.

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The NTPF is a corporate body with functions and responsibilities as set out under Statutory Instrument 179 – National Treatment Purchase Fund (Establishment) Order, 2004 and the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act (2009).

Its key functions are:

  1. Arranging for the provision of hospital treatment to classes of persons determined by the Minister;
  2. Collecting, collating and validating information on persons waiting for public hospital treatment;
  3. Agreeing on pricing arrangements with private & voluntary nursing homes under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme
  4. Furnishing advice to the Minister for Health on related issues
  5. Performing any other function assigned by the Minister for Health, since July 2012 this includes responsibility for the publication of outpatient waiting lists
  6. In carrying out its functions, the NTPF works closely with the Department of Health, the HSE, acute public hospitals and private nursing homes across the health system.

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Motto: ‘Ability Not Disability”

Migrant and Minority Disability Network Europe( MMDNE) aims to provide support for families with children (0-25 yrs demography) and adults living with a physical/intellectual disability(ies).

The goal is to help optimise the unique ability of every child while ensuring also that they receive the right kind of care.



The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is Ireland’s leading sexual health charity. We promote the right of all people to sexual and reproductive health information and dedicated, confidential and affordable healthcare services.

The IFPA was established by seven volunteers in 1969 and has been to the fore in setting the agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights both nationally and internationally since then

Today, the IFPA offers a comprehensive range of services which promote sexual health and support reproductive choice on a not-for-profit basis from our clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght, and pregnancy counseling services at ten centres nationwide.

They also deliver contraceptive training to medical professionals and sexual health training to service providers, young people, parents and community groups.

With a strong track record in providing high quality medical, counseling and education services, the IFPA is a respected authority on sexual and reproductive health and rights and is regularly called upon to give expert opinion and advice.

The IFPA works with partner organisations and civil society to raise awareness of the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and all over the world. The IFPA’s mission is to enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and to understand their rights.




The Programmes and Campaigns team leads on all HSE corporate communications programmes, and our social marketing and behaviour change campaigns, and provides project management support and strategic communications services on hundreds of smaller-scale projects annually.

The team’s work aims to:

Use evidence and consumer insights to help people living in Ireland to improve their health and wellbeing and lead healthier lives

Make public health services easier to access and use for everyone

Their award-winning and effective work is done hand-in-hand with HSE services and covers a wide range of topics and service areas:

  • Our QUIT campaign supports people to quit smoking
  • provides information and support to encourage low-risk alcohol use
  • #LittleThings supports positive mental health
  • Sexual Wellbeing promotes good sexual health
  • Under the supports self-care at home and aims to curb the overuse of antibiotics
  • Our campaign to help people to avail of GP care without fees for children aged under 6 and people aged 70 and over
  • supports parents-to-be, and new mothers and their partners, with advice from experts on breastfeeding
  • is our website that supports people to get up, get out and get active
  • BreastCheck,
  • CervicalCheck
  • BowelScreen 
  • Diabetic Retina Screen

All supported with marketing communications nationwide.



The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you get healthcare in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) state for free, or at a reduced cost.

It covers you if you are on holiday, or on a short-term stay. Short-term stay means no longer than 3 months.

EHIC replaces the old E111 form. You need one for each member of your family. It’s free and there’s no charge to apply.



Why Stand in line ….. When you can go online!

Births, Deaths & Marriages are the only government sponsored and award-winning service for Irish Births Deaths Marriages, a secure online Civil Certificate Service that allows you to order Official Long Form certs to include Domestic Adoptions and Civil Partnership certs for events that have taken place in Ireland only.  They always endeavor to dispatch orders within 1 – 2 working days. Their website is encrypted so all requests are secure.

Apply for all your Official Irish Civil Long Form Certificates securely online in less than 5 minutes!  Postage is €1 within Eire and the international cost will vary. If requested they can scan and forward the documents directly to you on the day of dispatch. A Track & Trace (T&T) method of delivery is recommended and can be selected at the Checkout.

Certificates can be used for the following:
  • Identification purposes
  • Passport Applications
  • Name Changes
  • Citizenship
  • Probate

Please note that Births, Deaths & Marriages are not a genealogy service. They provide civil/legal certificates for events that have occurred in Ireland.






WHO  direct and coordinate authority on international health within the United Nations’ system.

They do this by:

  • Providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
  • Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation, and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • Setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
  • articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
  • Providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

Leadership priorities

For each 6-year programme of work, priority areas are identified where our leadership is most needed.