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Entitlement to health services
Describes the entitlement to public health services of people resident in Ireland.

Department of Health
The Department of Health have responsibility for the planning of health services. Overview of this Government Department.

Health Service Executive
Public health services are provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE). Role, responsibilities, function and location of the HSE.

Primary Care Reimbursement Service
The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (previously known as the GMS Payments Board), administers payments to doctors, pharmacists, dentists and opticians who provide services under the Primary Care Reimbursement scheme.

Health services for visitors to Ireland
Explanation of the entitlement of visitors to health services and how ordinary residence is decided.

Emergency health services
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has responsibility for the delivery of public emergency health services. How the services are organised, who is entitled to access them and how to access out-of-hours help in an emergency.

Making a complaint about a health service
The rules about complaints against the HSE and how you complain

Private health insurance
Introduction to private health insurance and the rules that apply to insurance providers.

Health agencies
Some of the agencies and bodies that have a role in delivering and regulating health services and promoting health.

Registration of health and social care professionals
Health and social care professionals are regulated by CORU. There is a process for making complaints about the fitness to practice of registered professionals.

Patient support organisations
Many national and local voluntary and community organisations provide advice, information and support to patients and families regarding health issues.

Language

Gaeilge

Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.