Health Insurance Special: The ins and outs of private health insurance

The average premium for in-patient care is just shy of €1,200 per year, but consumers need to look beyond the price

23rd July, 2017

Consumers are forking out an average of almost €100 per month for private health insurance, according to new figures.

Figures published last Wednesday by the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) revealed that the average amount paid annually for in-patient cover stands at €1,177. And, according to Central Statistics Office data, health insurance costs rose by 9.3 per cent in the year to the end of June.

Despite the hefty prices, the statistics suggest the market is getting...

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