Patients

Patient Charges

Patient Charges

The Department of Health & Children decides the hospital charges for the Emergency department, Public In-patient, Public Day case, also Semi-private, Private and Private day case charges.

Any patient without a medical card or with a GP only visit card must pay for the services given to them (these are called statutory charges).

However, hospital services are free to the following groups of people:

When you attend the Emergency Department

  • If you have a medical card
  • If you are getting treatment for some infectious disease
  • If you are admitted to hospital from the Emergency Department (then you will be billed for in-patient or day charges)
  • If you have a referral letter from your GP
  • If you are a member of the defence forces or a dependant
  • If you are entitled to hospital services because of EU regulations

When you are in in-patient

  • If you have a medical card
  • If you are getting treatment for some infectious disease
  • If you are a member of the defence forces or a dependant
  • If you have paid the maximum charge in another hospital
  • If you are entitled to hospital services because of EU regulations

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