Minister for health Leo Varadkar TD at the said some services that are currently 24-hour may have to be curtailed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some health services which are currently operated on a 24-hour basis may have to be curtailed in future if European rules limiting doctors’ working ho(...)

Hulk-like transformation: Pat Kenny in his studio at Newstalk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, the old saying goes, and it’s sound advice. Unless you’re being i(...)

 Don Gallagher, chief executive of the Health Insurance Authority, with MInister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentThe Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after its chief executi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Leopardstown races. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farme

Over-35s who don’t have health insurance are being urged to take out cover now or else face more expensive premiums when new rules come into place fro(...)

The intention is that loading  will stay in place until a universal health insurance structure is in place, but the  rates will be reviewed by the Health Insurance Authority in 2017

I will be 35 on May 1st so I expect that if I take a health policy out after that date, I will have a loading of 2 per cent of the premium per year ab(...)

Healthcare professionals will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for universal health insurance. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Healthcare professionals rather than insurance firms will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for univers(...)

Photograph: Thinkstock

Have you been faithful to a health insurer for more than two years? If the answer is yes, there’s a very good chance you’re paying well over the od(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  said his health insurance proposals build on Budget measures which included a freeze on hospital bed charges, and no decrease in the relievable amount for tax relief purposes.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced a series of measures designed to tackle the problem of rising health insurance premiums.The package inc(...)

The report reveals that according to data provided by  the Health Insurance Authority, the average cost of claims paid per insured person fell by 2 per cent between 2012 and 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health insurers should not be obliged to provide cover for all public hospitals, a new report to be launched today by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar(...)

 Premier Lotteries Ireland has been holding seminars to train retail agents on how to use the new Photon ticket terminals.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The big switch to a new-look National Lottery will take place next month or in December. The lottery’s new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI),(...)