The health and wellbeing of Ireland's population is central to our society and the country. In 2018, the government spent approximately €16 billion
on health. As life expectancy and population numbers in Ireland continue to rise, the provision of high-quality, affordable health services becomes more crucial.
The government works closely with the Health Service Executive
(HSE) to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ireland by delivering high quality health services and getting the best value from health system resources.
The government's Sláintecare
strategy will transform Ireland's health services. It promotes a healthcare system where the majority of services are delivered in the community and access is based on need, not ability to pay.
The Healthy Ireland
framework aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ireland. Its main focus is on prevention and keeping people healthier for longer.
Acute care services include:
inpatient scheduled care
unscheduled or emergency care
organ donation and transplantation
outpatient and diagnostic services
The government is working to improve patient access to hospital services and to reduce waiting times for scheduled and unscheduled care.
reducing cancer rates and focusing on inequalities
providing the best cancer care possible
maximising patient involvement and quality of life
improving organisations and systems
An annual report
is published which sets out the progress achieved on implementing the National Cancer Strategy.
The Public Health Sunbeds Act 2014
addresses the need to protect the public from the risk of skin damage and the increased risk of developing skin cancer. It also aims to promote a greater public awareness of the dangers of developing skin cancer, premature ageing and eye damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
The UK is due to leave the European Union. How and when they may leave is not yet certain.
The decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in some changes, both here in Ireland and also for our EU partners, which we are preparing for. While there is still a lot of uncertainty, it’s important for you to be aware of what Brexit may mean for your daily life.
There are different ways that the UK decision to leave the EU may impact you.
It is estimated that one in four people in Ireland will experience some mental health problems in their lifetime.
The government is focused on achieving and maintaining optimum mental health in Ireland so that people can live happy lives.
The government wants to develop a modern, recovery orientated mental health service. The most recent national policy framework for mental health, A Vision for Change,
is currently being updated. The refreshed policy will be published shortly.
Primary care should be the first point of contact that people have with the health service. Primary care is all of the health or social care services that you can find in your community, outside of hospital. It includes general practitioners (GPs), public health nurses and a range of services.
Under the Sláintecare strategy, the government's core objective for primary care is to shift most people’s care to the community. This will help reduce waiting lists and waiting times.
A primary care team is made up of GPs, public health nurses and therapists. Each one supports around 7,000 – 10,000 people. These services are delivered in primary care centres.
The development of primary care centres across the country is an important part of the Sláintecare strategy.
health and personal services for people with a disability
residential and community-based care for older people
Disability policies focus on enabling people to achieve their full potential, living as independently as reasonably possible.
The government is continuing to move people with disabilities out of congregated settings. In congregated settings, 10 or more people with a disability live together in a single living unit or are placed in campus-based accommodation.
The government's Strategy for Community Inclusion
forms the basis for people with disabilities to move from congregated settings to their own homes in the community.
Personalised budgets can give people with disabilities more choice and control over the services and supports they get. The government is currently developing best practices for personalised budgets.
You can apply for financial support to help pay for the cost of care in a nursing home through the Fair Deal
In December 2017, the government approved the development of a national adult safeguarding policy for the health sector. The policy will apply to the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The development of this policy is under way. It is expected that the national adult safeguarding policy, when approved, will form the basis for legislation.