The Republic of Ireland is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy island nation in Western Europe with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants.
All persons resident in Ireland are entitled to receive health care through the public health care system, which is managed by the Health Service Executive and funded by general taxation. A person may be required to pay a subsidised fee for certain health care received; this depends on income, age, illness or disability.
Due to the economic crisis health inequalities are not as high as they otherwise would be on the political agenda. Attempts to explicitly address health inequalities can be found in initiatives such as providing free medical care to the elderly, providing free access to general practitioners, and planning universal health insurance. The Ministry of Health is still regarded as the one responsible for taking initiatives in this area whilst only isolated cross-sectoral collaborations exist
An overview of policy responses addressing health inequalities in can be found in our Policy Database.
An overview of projects and initiatives that are currently taking place or that have successfully been finalized, and that are addressing health inequality issues, can be found in our Project Database.
Please find below an overview of key actors in the Republic of Ireland working on health inequality issues:
- Department of Health. On the website of the Department of Health many relevant publications are available
- Institute of Public Health (IPH). The remit of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is to promote cooperation for public health between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the areas of research and information, capacity building and policy advice. The approach is to support Departments of Health and their agencies in both jurisdictions, and maximise the benefits of all-island cooperation to achieve practical benefits for people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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Please find below an overview of relevant documents addressing health inequality issues in the Republic of Ireland. Further publications can be found in our Publications Database.
- Tackling Health Inequalities: An All-Ireland Approach to Social Determinants (2008). This report, compiled by Combat Poverty Agency in association with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, aims to help key decision-makers in the areas of housing, education, transport, health and social policy to understand the important influence all their decisions have in determining people’s opportunities for health.
- Tackling Health Inequalities: The Irish Experience (2006). Presentation by Anna-May Harkin of the Department of Health and Children Ireland, at the EU Expert Working Group meeting on Social Determinants and Health Inequalities.
- The Health Well. The Health Well is an all-island health information website which supports an evidence-informed approach to health policy and practice. It has been developed by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) in partnership with other health focused organisations across the island.
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