Health Insurance

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Alongside motor insurance, health insurance is one of the first products usually considered by people in Ireland to protect themselves against unforeseen events. However the health insurance market in Ireland is now a very complex place. There are 3 providers, over 300 different private health insurance plans available, many different types of plans, lots of terms and conditions, and lots of jargon.

Health Insurance Experts

Lyons Financial Services has emerged as one of the leading independent advisers in the health insurance market in Ireland to individuals and groups. We pride ourselves on understanding your requirements, making clear recommendations to you in plain English (we don’t like the jargon either!) and helping you to get the best plan for you in place without any fuss. It’s our job to understand the ins and outs of all of the different plans. This enables us to make sure you can get the right cover in place.

We also make it easy for companies and other organisations to operate health insurance schemes on behalf of their employees or members. We operate highly efficient salary deduction schemes, which make it easier for employers and employees alike to manage the payment of their health insurance contributions and to claim their tax relief on these payments.

We’ve all heard the widely held belief that “your health is your wealth”, that staying healthy is the key to living your life to the full. For this reason we all try to eat well, get some exercise and generally look after ourselves. However, unfortunately from time to time something goes wrong and we need to access health care. That can be as simple as seeing your GP, but at other times it may require more specialist care and indeed on occasion, a stay in hospital.

At these stressful times, we all have a common goal: To get well again! We want to be able to access the right care immediately and with the minimum of discomfort. We don’t want to have to worry about the cost of that health care.

This is where health insurance comes in.

Our aim is to provide you with expert advice, find the right plan for you and then quickly get your plan up and running. To find out more, simply Contact Us or Get a Quote!

 

Health Insurance
TESTIMONIALS

Health Insurance
FAQs

Private health insurance is insurance that helps cover all or part of medical costs incurred. Other benefits may also be provided such as day to day benefits, e.g. GP, Dentists or Physiotherapy as part of your policy.

There are two types of private health insurer in Ireland:

Open Membership Insurers must provide insurance to everybody who requests it from them. Currently there are five such insurers operating in Ireland, namely Irish Life Health, GloHealth, Laya Healthcare, Vhi Healthcare and HSF Health Plan. Only the first four provide cover for hospital inpatient costs.

Restricted Membership Insurers provide insurance to people who are members of a particular group, normally a vocational group or employees of a particular organisation and their dependants. For example, such schemes are operated for members of the Garda Síochána and their dependants and for employees of the ESB and their dependants.

Yes, the providers are obliged to accept you regardless of your health or age. However waiting periods may apply.

No. The health insurance system applying in Ireland is called community rating. In a community rated system everyone pays the same premium for a given health insurance plan, except as follows:

  • The premium for children must be no more than 50% of the adult premium.
  • The premium for full-time dependant students under the age of 23 may be reduced. Where the premiums are reduced, it must not be more than 50% of the adult premium.
  • The premium may be reduced by up to 10% for members of group schemes.
  • Pensioners who are members of restricted membership insurers may have their premiums reduced.

You are eligible to access any plan available in the market. As an example, you do not have to work in a company to access a plan that is aimed at company employees.

No, however some waiting periods may apply for some benefits.

The process is simple, you can either complete an application form or simply call us on 01 8015808 and we can set you up over the phone

It depends. If you are taking out cover for the first time, your previous cover had lapsed for more than 13 weeks or you are upgrading your cover, a waiting period will apply.

No, as there is a system of lifetime cover in Ireland. This means that once you have cover, the insurer cannot stop the cover and must also allow the renewal of the cover each year.

Private health insurance premiums attract income tax relief at source at the standard rate (currently, as at March 2013, 20%). The premium charged by the insurer will automatically take account of this relief.

You can pay by direct debit, annual credit/debit card, and annual cheque. In some cases, your employer will facilitate payment by salary deduction.

No, you can upgrade your plan at any time. Our team will be happy to give you advice on which plan would be most appropriate for you. Please note that a waiting period may apply to the upgrade in cover.

Laya Healthcare, GloHealth & Irish Life Health will allow you to change your plan mid-year.

Vhi Healthcare will provide a 14 day cooling-off period from your renewal date, where you may switch plans within Vhi, keeping the same renewal date. Vhi will not allow a switch mid-term after this time.

The process is simple, you can either complete an application form or simply call us on 01 8015808 and we can set you up over the phone

No

In general, health insurance policies are 12 month contracts. All insurers will provide a 14 day cooling-off period from the commencement of the contract, during which time you may cancel and get a full refund. No claims will be paid in respect of these 14 days. The current market practice of each provider is as follows;

Irish Life Health
With effect from the 1 August 2012, Irish Life Health no longer allow mid-term cancellations for new and renewing customers. Where a policyholder cancels their policy prior to the end of the policy year, or does not pay their premium in accordance with the terms of the policy for the full duration of the policy year, Irish Life Health will charge a mid-term cancellation fee.

The mid-term cancellation charge will consist of the health insurance levy calculated on a pro-rata basis for each adult, student and child on the policy for the remainder of the policy term, together with an administration fee of €25 per policy.

If you have a policy with Irish Life Health which renewed prior to the 1 August 2012, you are still on the old contract terms and you may cancel mid-term as long as you’ve had no inpatient or day-patient claims and a proportion of the premium will be refunded to you.

If you have had inpatient or day-patient claims, you will be charged the full year’s premium. If you have an outpatient claim, they will allow you to cancel, but they will pay the outpatient claim on a pro-rata basis.
However Irish Life Health will allow you to change your plan mid-term and you may remove or add dependants to your policy mid-term.

 

Laya healthcare
Laya healthcare contracts are for a period of one year unless they agree to a different period when starting your policy. If you do cancel mid-year, you will not receive any refund on your premium. If you don’t pay your premiums, laya healthcare will consider this a breach of contract and will not pay any benefits for the contract term and may seek the remainder of the premium.

This new policy was introduced on 18 June 2012 and will apply to all new and renewing customers from this date.

Customers with current policies that renewed prior to 18 June 2012 may cancel their policies mid-term if they’ve had no inpatient or day patient claims and premiums for the remainder of the term will be refunded.
However Laya Healthcare will allow you to change your plan mid-term.

Vhi Healthcare
Vhi do not allow mid-term cancellations. If you stop paying your premium mid-term and have had no claims, they will charge you a penalty for breach of contract. This is equal to the health insurance levy, per person, on a pro-rata basis, for the remaining period left on the policy plus a €50 administration fee per policy.

Payment of this penalty does not affect your rights to take out a policy with another insurer.

If you have had claims in this policy year, Vhi will charge the full year’s premium.

Vhi Healthcare will provide a 14 day cooling-off period from your renewal date, where you may switch plans within Vhi, keeping the same renewal date, or you may switch to another insurer. Vhi will not allow a switch mid-term after this time.

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