Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is looking at other models of UHI such as single payer insurance, as well as a model funded fully through taxation using social insurance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is looking at major alternatives to the plans for universal health insurance (UHI) put forward last year by his prede(...)

Changes to health insurance rules introduced last week put pressure on more than 1,000 officers serving in the Defence Forces to take out private health insurance even though they already have full medical cover as part of their terms of employment.

Changes to health insurance rules introduced last week put pressure on more than 1,000 officers serving in the Defence Forces to take out private heal(...)

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(...)

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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(...)