For absolutely required medical treatment, once you're in the hospital the treatment is the same - private insurance or public.
But, if you want to consult a specialist, get an MRI scan, and start the process for any type of "elective" process, then you cut months of waiting by not having to wait for a public clinic.
A recent example: my daughter's best friend has back problems that were crippling her. She had no private health insurance and had to wait two months for an appointment with a specialist then another month for the scan. My daughter, with a similar problem, saw the specialist and then had her scan within a week.
The universal agreement among all experts is that if you can afford it, you absolutely definitely want private health insurance under the current setup of the irish health system.
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