Private Health Insurance


Health Insurance Authority (HIA)

Key information

Profile of private health insurance (PHI) holders relative to the total population, customers of PHI provider companies classified by sex, age, social status and dependent children, policyholders classified by family status, attitudes to PHI classified by family status and age. Other information includes household state of health, reasons for not switching provider, reasons for no longer having PHI, factors that would encourage uptake of PHI and incidence of claiming on policies. Information about the operation of employer based PHI schemes within the workplace along with attitudes of employers to PHI is also provided.


A survey of consumers and employers carried out on behalf of the Health Insurance Authority.


Adult population 18 years and older.


Every 2 years

Reference period

Point in time surveys, with varying dates within the year

Start date



About five months after the end of the reference period


  • Age
    18-34 years; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65+ years, also 18-34 years; 35-54; 55+ years.
  • Social class
    ABC1; C2DE; F.
  • Region
    Dublin; Rest of Leinster; Munster; Ulster/Connaught.
  • Marital status
    Married; Living as married; Single; Widowed/divorced/separated.
  • Family status
    Singles; Couples; Families.
  • Economic status
    Working; Housewife; Retired; Student; Unemployed.
  • Health insurance provider
    VHI Healthcare; Laya Healthcare; Aviva Health; GloHealth; HSF Health Plan; Other.


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