Life sciences—Ireland—Q&A guide

The following Life Sciences practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Life sciences—Ireland—Q&A guide
  • 1. How is healthcare in your jurisdiction organised?
  • 2. How is the healthcare system financed in the outpatient and inpatient sectors?
  • 3. What are the basic structures of the provision of care to patients in statutory and private care?
  • 4. What steps are necessary to authorise the provision of health services, and what law governs this?
  • 5. Which types of legal entities can offer healthcare services?
  • 6. What further steps are necessary for foreign companies to offer health services?
  • 7. Which legislation governs advertising of medicinal products to healthcare professionals?
  • 8. What are the main rules and principles applying to advertising of medicinal products aimed at healthcare professionals?
  • 9. Is the advertising of medical devices to healthcare professionals regulated as rigorously as advertising in the pharmaceuticals sector? What are the main differences?
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Life sciences—Ireland—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to life sciences in Ireland published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: October 2020).

Authors: Matheson—Emma Doherty; Maria Kennedy ; Kate McKenna

1. How is healthcare in your jurisdiction organised?

Healthcare policy in Ireland is determined by the Department of Health. Public healthcare services are provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE). There is a two-tier health service, comprising the public healthcare system and the private healthcare system. The HSE owns and runs public hospitals. Other hospitals, known as voluntary public hospitals, are owned by religious orders or similar institutions. There are also privately owned hospitals.

2. How is the healthcare system financed in the outpatient and inpatient sectors?

The public healthcare system is generally funded by taxation and social welfare contributions, as well as co-payments from patients, and payments from private health insurers for treatment provided to private patients in public hospitals. Voluntary hospitals also receive state funding. The private healthcare system is funded by private funds and private insurance. Private hospitals have agreements in place with private health insurers to fund the treatment of patients.

3. What are the basic structures of the provision of care to patients in statutory and private care?

In general, healthcare is delivered by way of primary or secondary care. Primary healthcare services are provided

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