A Guide to the Irish Health System For International Students (208K PDF)

A Guide to the Irish Health System For International Students (208K PDF)
DCU STUDENT
HEALTH SERVICE
A Guide to the Irish Health System
For International Students
CG13 Henry Grattan Building
DCU,
Glasnevin,
Dublin 9
Tel: 01 7005143 / 7005766
www.dcu.ie/students/health/index.html
INDEX
1. Checklist for International Students
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2. Student Health Service
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3. What is a General Practitioner?
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4. The Pharmacy
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5. Hospital Services in Ireland
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6. How do I get Treatment by a Specialist?
7. What do I do if I want to see a Gynaecologist?
8. What do I do if I want to see a Dermatologist?
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9. Accident / Emergency Treatment
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10. Dental Services
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11. Eye Testing / New Glasses
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12. Non-EU Students Private Health Insurance
13. Health Insurers in Ireland
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14. The European Health Insurance Card
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15. The Medical Card
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16. Immunisations
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17. Useful Telephone Numbers
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1.
Checklist for International Students
When living in a foreign country, it is particularly important to ensure that
that your medical needs are catered for and that the University / friends
can assist you, should this be necessary.
With this in mind, we would like to encourage you to ensure that you carry
out the following simple tasks, as soon as you arrive in the country.

Make sure to fill out the ‘next-of-kin’ details upon registration at the
University. These can be updated via your Portal Page. This is
important in the event that we need to contact a family member or
close friend in the case of an illness.

Register with the Student Health Centre in the University if you have
any ongoing medical conditions. This can be extremely important in
the case that you are unable to answer medical questions yourself.
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Put together a personal file and store this in a safe location in your
accommodation. Make sure that you inform a friend (or somebody!) of
the whereabouts of this file. It should contain:
a. Medical Insurance Details
b. Any relevant medical information
c. Details of next-of-kin or contact person
d. Passport / copy of passport
e. Copy of your GNIB Card (Non-EU Students only)
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2.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE
The healthcare system in Ireland can be quite confusing for students
who are coming from other countries. This Booklet provides
information on some of the issues related to health that you need to
be aware of.
The student Health Service on campus is the first place to go when
seeking support on any health and medical issues. A team of health
professionals - Nursing, Medical and Psychiatry, provides this
service.
Students can call into the Health Centre during the Opening Hours
without an appointment and, under normal circumstances, will be
seen by a nurse. Doctors’ appointments must be pre-booked in
person.
A consultation with the nurses is free of charge – although certain
procedures do incur a charge. These costs are displayed in the
Health Centre.
Doctors’ appointments cost €10 per visit.
For further information:
Opening Hours:
9am - 5pm Monday – Friday
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Location:
CG13 in the Henry Grattan building
www.dcu.ie/students/health/index.html
IMPORTANT NOTE:
 If you have any ongoing medical conditions that may need
extra attention, it is advised that you inform the University
Nurse.
 It is important that students are aware that the student
Health Service Only operates during working hours and
does not provide full 24-hour cover. Students are advised
to register with a general practitioner on arrival, who is
entitled to charge them if they do not have a medical card
or European Health Insurance card.
 Students are not covered for any free medical attention offcampus and must therefore arrange their own private
medical insurance.
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3.
WHAT IS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER (GP)?
The General Practitioner, commonly referred to as a GP, is a general
doctor who has specialised in family health. He or she is therefore
qualified to see anyone from small babies to the elderly. They are
used to seeing patients with different health problems including skin
disorders, gynaecological problems and contraception. Whatever
health problem you have, the GP is usually the first doctor you
consult. If you have a complicated problem or an illness that requires
specialist advice, the GP will refer you to the appropriate doctor.
A GP consultation outside of the university generally costs
approximately €50 per visit. There are usually additional charges for
procedures carried out within the doctor’s surgery. If you need to
see a GP outside the normal surgery hours, phone D-Doc:
1850224477.
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THE PHARMACY
Pharmhealth pharmacy is centrally located opposite the Inter Faith
Centre on campus. Students can seek immediate free professional
advice on all healthcare issues. The pharmacy has a special ratedispensing fee on all prescriptions for all students. It also provides a
loyalty card scheme (apply online www.pharmhealth.ie) where
customers can gain points from purchases to avail of offers and
discounts.
Anyone residing within an E.U. member state that is studying in
DCU should apply for a European Health Insurance Card to avail of
free prescription services. Once a Doctor has written a prescription
for you on a green prescription form (commonly called G.M.S.) you
can then produce this form to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will
then be able to dispense the prescribed medicine to you without
charge. All other international students can avail of prescription
services at the normal rate and reclaim some or all of their medical
bills from their private health insurance company. The pharmacy
provides a receipt that can be given to the insurer for all prescription
medicines dispensed.
The opening hours of the pharmacy are:
Mon- Thurs 8.30 a.m. – 6.30 pm, Friday 8.30am – 6pm
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5.
HOSPITAL SERVICES IN IRELAND
There are two main types of hospitals in Ireland but there is very
little difference in practice between the first two types:
Health Service Executive Hospitals are owned and funded by the
states health service executive. Each Health Service Executive area is
responsible for the provision of health and social services in its area.
E.g. Beaumont Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital.
Private Hospitals These are purely private hospitals that operate
independently from the state health services in Ireland. If you choose
for private care in a private hospital, you must pay the full cost of
treatment and maintenance. E.g. Mater Private Hospital.
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HOW DO I GET TREATMENT BY A SPECIALIST?
You can be referred by your GP to the outpatients department of a
public hospital for specialist assessment by a consultant or his or her
team or for diagnostic assessments (i.e., x-rays, laboratory teats,
physiotherapy, etc.). Treatment by consultants is provided free of
charge as a public patient for those eligible under EU regulations. If
you wish to attend a consultant in a private capacity, you will be
required to pay the appropriate fee.
Word of Warning
Students should note that there are often long waiting lists for public
health treatment with hospital consultants. Therefore many Irish
people choose to pay for private health insurance because the
waiting lists are not as long. You may be able to be seen more
quickly if you pay for private treatment, but this can be very
expensive.
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7. WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO SEE A GYNAECOLOGIST?
In Ireland gynecologists work in a different way to those in many
other countries. They do not see people for contraception or for
vaginal infections. If you need contraception you should either visit
the Student Health Centre, a GP or a Family Planning Clinic. Family
Planning Clinics are the specialists in contraception in Ireland.
If you think that you may have a genital infection or sexually
transmitted infection the best place to go is to a Sexual Health Clinic,
as they have the facilities to do a wide range of tests for different
infections. You do not need a referral from a GP to visit these clinics.
You can make further enquires at the student Health Centre via the
nurses and doctors. If none of the above apply and you still need to
see a gynecologist make an appointment with the student health
centre/GP and if they feel it is appropriate they will refer you to one.
8. WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST?
Make an appointment at the Student Health Centre or with a GP.
They can deal with most minor skin conditions. If your condition is
more complicated, they will refer you to a dermatologist.
9. WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE AN ACCIDENT OR REQUIRE
EMERGENCY TREATMENT?
Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department, the two
local hospitals to DCU are the Mater Hospital and Beaumont
Hospital. There is no charge for those eligible under EU regulations
to attend the Accident and Emergency Departments in a public
hospital once they present their European Health Insurance Card.
For all other foreign nationals there is a charge of €100 if you attend a
public hospital.
Please note. Heavy levies are imposed for hospitalisation particularly for Non- EU foreign nationals. We strongly advise you
to have made provision for adequate medical health insurance.
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EMERGENCY SERVICES
Call 999 or 112 for transport by ambulance to hospital.
10. WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO SEE A DENTIST?
There is no dental service attached to the Student Health Centre.
Dental treatment is relatively expensive in Dublin and students are
advised to have a check-up before they leave home. Emergency
dental treatment for the relief of pain, trauma and swelling are
available to those eligible under EU regulations from a dentist
contracted to the Health Board or the Dental Hospital.
Emergency Service free for European Health Insurance Card
holders Only
Dublin Dental Hospital
Lincoln Place
Dublin 2
Tel: 6127200
Fee: €70 or bring your medical card/ European Health Insurance
Card
If other routine dental treatment becomes necessary, please ask the
Student Health Service for the name of a local dentist or take a look
at our website
http://www.dcu.ie/students/health/clinics.shtml#dental
It is a good idea to ask for an estimate of the cost before you start any
treatment.
Typical fees for dental services
Check up:
Fillings:
Extractions:
€60
€80 – 120 upwards
€60 upwards
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11. WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED TO HAVE MY EYES TESTED OR
GET NEW GLASSES/CONTACT LENSES?
You need to make an appointment with an optician. There is a
charge for eye tests of €30
Spec Saver Opticians give 25% discount to students on purchasing
one pair of glasses. These opticians can be found locally. Please find
further information at www.specsavers.ie or ask in the Student
Health Centre. Other opticians may also give discounts. If you have
a serious problem with your eyes you may to see an
ophthalmologist. If this is the case, attend your GP to be referred.
12. NON-EU STUDENTS PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
Non-EU students coming to Ireland to study are required to arrange
their own private health insurance
With regard to hospital services, this is a complicated area, if you
have not obtained the necessary insurance entitling you to free or
minimum-cost services, hospital costs can be as much as EUR 550
per day.
Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive
medical insurance when registering with the Garda National
Immigration Bureau.
For further information:
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP07000018
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13. HEALTH INSURERS IN IRELAND
Students from outside the EU
Students from outside the EU are required to have private health
insurance in place prior to entering Ireland. Students may arrange
private health insurance in their own country or through an Irish
health insurance company. We would advise all students to review
existing schemes offered in their own country for suitability. If this is
not an option, please see details of an arrangement DCU has
negotiated below.
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The insurance system is operated by an insurance broker
called O'Driscoll O'Neill in Ireland on behalf of Medicover.
Medicover Medical Expenses Insurance costs 120Euro for
Third level students, which is good value. The policy is
underwritten by ACE Europe.
The company can send you an insurance certificate once you
pay the amount of 120Euro by credit card. You must have a
valid Mastercard or Visa to operate this system.
Click on: http://www.odon.ie/QuickQuote/Questions.asp?Details=MEDICOVER&College=DCU
Confirm the quote of 120 Euro, and then continue.
Please choose Dublin City University (DCU) on the drop
down menu.
Make sure you provide your correct email address as your
certificate will be sent to this.
Make your payment by credit card and you will receive the
certificate shortly which you can then submit to the Visa
Office (for visa requiring countries) and retain for evidence
with immigration authorities on arrival in Ireland.
Please note that while DCU has negotiated this arrangement for its
students, the University does not accept responsibility for the purchase of
health insurance on behalf of a student. Students are advised to read the
information carefully to allow them make an informed choice and to contact
the company directly should any queries arise.
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14. THE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE
CARD
EU students from any member state of the EU are entitled to free
hospital services provided they have the European Health Insurance
Card (EHIC). It means that you can get necessary healthcare in the
public system of any EU / EEA country or Switzerland, if you
become ill or injured while on a temporary stay in that country.
There are more than 2,000 family doctors (GPs) in Ireland contracted
to the European Health Insurance Card scheme. If you are a
EU/EEA national with a European Health Insurance Card (or
equivalent) visiting Ireland you can avail of necessary family doctor
services and emergency dental treatment for the relief of pain (and
urgent denture repairs) under EU regulations. See
http://www.ehic.ie/ for further details.
15. MEDICAL CARD
The Medical Card entitles the holder to free prescriptions and
free hospitalisation, in addition to free consultations at the
College Health Service. A student must have a PPS number
and proof of residency in Ireland for a minimum of one year
before applying for a medical card. Following this, each case is
individually assessed and means tested. Medical card
application forms and information can be downloaded at
www.erha.ie.
If you are a student from another EU country, you are entitled to a
medical card if you have form E128 issued by your home country.
Alternatively, you may receive necessary treatment free of charge if
you are covered by a European Health Insurance Card or produce
evidence of UK residence.
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16. Check Immunisation status before arriving to Ireland
While the risk of contracting either meningitis or mumps is usually
low, there have been outbreaks of both in recent years – and there is
always a risk when young people congregate in large numbers. The
College Health Service would strongly advise all students who have
not received Meningitis C Vaccine or two doses of MMR (Measles,
Mumps, Rubella vaccine) to seek advice from the health service in
your own country regarding vaccinations prior to commencing their
University studies in Ireland.
17. USEFUL NUMBERS AND WEBSITES
http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/health/entitlementto-health-services/health_services_and_visitors_to_ireland
http://www.icosirl.ie/eng
Emergency Telephone Number for Ambulance, Police or Fire
Brigade: Dial 999 or 112
Local Health Board Office for further information:
Civic Centre, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9. Tel - 353-18467000
Local GP’s – list of local GP’s provided in Student Health Centre:
Website: http://www.dcu.ie/students/health/clinics.shtml#local
Hospitals/Accident and Emergency departments near DCU:
01 8032188
Mater Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 Tel:
(Buses from the University 19A, 11,11A from outside the campus on
Ballymun Rd)
Beaumont Hospital, P.O. Box 1297, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9. Tel:
01-8093000
(Buses from the University 17A from Ballymun Avenue)
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Family Planning Clinics:
Everywoman Centres, 5-7 Cathal Brugha street, Dublin 1 Tel: 01
8727088
Well Woman Centres, 1st floor, Northside shopping centre, Coolock.
Tel: 01 8484511
Sexual Health Clinics:
Mater Hospital, Eccles Street, By appointment Tel: 01 8301122
St James Hospital, G.U.M Clinic, James Street. Tel: 01 4537941
Counselling Services
DCU Counselling & Personal Development. Tel: 01 700 5165
Dubh Linn, 16 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Tel: 01 8302358
Northside Counselling Service, Tel:01 8484789
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This booklet is intended as a guide for international students and shall not be
construed as a contract or impose any legal obligation between Dublin City University
and any third party.
Booklet Compiled by:
Caroline Temple R.G.N, BSc, MSc
Head of Student Health Service,
Student Support and Development.
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