Information on all the Irish health insurance companies

Although Irish citizens are entitled to public health care from the government, many choose to take out their own private health insurance from companies proven within the insurance market. This often helps customers be seen much sooner than they would if they were relying on the basic public health sector.

There are many health insurance companies in Ireland, and each of them will offer varying rates and coverage details. The trick is to find the one that is just right for you, both in terms of coverage offered and cost.

Even if your job offers a health insurance policy as part of its benefit packages, it is never any harm to look into taking out a separate one for you and your family, just in case - especially given how unreliable the current employment market is within Ireland right now. It's always important to remember that you should never take risks with the health of yourself or your family, and health insurance can help enormously with this.

The largest provider of health insurance in Ireland is the Voluntary Health Insurance Board (otherwise known as VHI). VHI offer a wide range of coverage including hospital cover, life stage cover, and day to day cover. Their comprehensive day to day coverage offers you €35 per visit to your GP, €35 per visit to your dentist, €35 per visit to your physiotherapist, €35 per visit to your clinical psychologist and €35 per visit for any alternative therapy treatments required by your or your family - each of these is limited to seven visits per year, which should be enough for most people. The policy offers many more benefits which you can read about at www.vhi.ie.

The next major provider of health insurance in Ireland is Quinn Healthcare who offer cover that ranges from minor cover for any hospital or treatment centre stays to the schemes that offer full hospital coverage and 50% back on GP, physio or consultancy visits. You can read more at www.quinn-healthcare.com.

And the third of the Irish health insurance companies we'll look at is Hibernian Aviva. They offer new customers a 10% group discount, as well as making it easy to switch from VHI or Quinn Healthcare. All the information can be found on their website at www.aviva.ie.

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