Former minister for health Leo Varadkar TD with Don Gallagher, CEO of the Health Insurance Authority at the launch of the Lifetime Community Rating in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of people with private health insurance from the three open membership health insurers increased by 152,397 in the two years to January 1st(...)

Health insurance policies for persons under the age of 55 usually have a waiting period of 26 weeks in which no claims can be made. Photo: iStock

Question: I am a Brazilian student about to begin my second year of studies. I was advised to take out an overseas medical expenses policy in my firs(...)

Health Insurance Authority has begun a two-month consultation on lifetime community rating in the private health insurance market. Photograph: Frank Miller

The extra premium imposed on people taking out health insurance for the first time may be reduced under proposals being considered by the industry re(...)

Consumers’ Association of Ireland chief executive Dermott Jewell is among the four new appointees to the Financial Services Ombudsman Council.

Four new members have been appointed to the council that prescribes guidelines under which the financial services ombudsman operates. The appointme(...)

As many as 400,000 health insurance policies will come up for renewal this month. Check out and to see if you can save money in 2017. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

Have you had the same health insurance policy for the last three years? You have? Then you are wasting money. End of story. How much you are wasting(...)

Health insurance: If you’ve been on the same plan for two years, try not to let it just roll over. Many are  overpaying by 10-20 per cent for their cover.

If you are one of the 400,000 or so Irish consumers due to receive a renewal letter for your private health insurance in January, acting now to “revie(...)

Despite private health insurance now costing an average of €1,174 per person in 2016, Irish consumers remain reluctant to switch provider, figures from the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) show.

Despite private health insurance (PHI) now costing an average of €1,174 per person in 2016, Irish consumers remain reluctant to switch provider, figu(...)

The price of health insurance with Laya Healthcare and GloHealth is to go up by as much as 14 per cent starting next month. A Laya spokeswoman stress(...)

Despite the rapid rise in the cost of health insurance, just one in five of those with health insurance say they regularly “shop around” for the best deal, with respondents citing “too much hassle/paper work” and “couldn’t be bothered” as two of the reasons for not doing so.

“Skipping queues” and getting better access to services, are two of the main reasons people fork out upwards of €600 a year for private health insura(...)

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(...)

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