In Ireland, there’s only a requirement to pay employees’ salaries in 12 equal instalments.
Healthcare in Ireland is comprised of a public and private system.
Employees who are deemed ‘ordinarily resident’ in Ireland are entitled to receive healthcare through the public healthcare system, which is managed by the Health Service Executive and funded by general taxation and subsidised fees for service. All maternity services and childcare up to the age of six years are provided free of charge. Emergency care is provided at the cost of €100 for a visit to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department if one has not attended a GP first.
Medical cards — which entitle holders to free hospital care, GP visits, dental services, optical services, aural services, prescription drugs and medical appliances — are available to those receiving welfare payments, low earners, many retirees and in certain other cases. Individuals who are not entitled to a medical card (i.e., 68.1% of the population) must pay certain healthcare services fees.
PEO Worldwide does not offer an occupational private healthcare scheme in Ireland but can facilitate reimbursement of a private healthcare package sourced directly by the employee from one of the private healthcare providers that are best matched to their own needs. This would be classed as a ‘benefit-in-kind’. Further information can be provided on request.
The main private healthcare providers are: