77. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who receive private health cover as part of their terms and conditions of service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18317/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Medical Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The provision of medical services within the Defence Forces is a combination of primary care, secondary care and an occupational medical service designed to ensure that Defence Forces personnel are medically fit to undertake the duties assigned to them and to treat any medical conditions arising, which would inhibit their capacity to undertake such duties. 
Medical Services provided to members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF...