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What does this mean?
It’s your right to have healthcare.
You should have safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment and information to help you stay well.
When you’re a child, it’s your right to get vaccinations to help prevent you from getting sick in the future.
EXAMPLE: If you’re under 6 years old, you can go to the doctor for free in Ireland.
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Do I have this right in Ireland?
- UNCRC, article 24 – it’s your right to have the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment and information to help you stay well.
- You can go to the GP for free if you’re under 6.
- There is a plan to make GP visits free for anyone under 12, but this is not in place yet.
- You get a few free visits to your dentist when you are a child.
- There are many websites about health that are run by the government to give information to your parents to help you stay well.
- The water you drink in Ireland should be clean and, if it isn’t, it is the Government’s job to warn you about it and to fix it.
Find out more
- Children in Hospital Ireland – Find out more about what hospital can be like from Children in Hospital Ireland
- Barnardos – Information for young people on taking care of your well-being is available from Barnardos
- Safe Food – Take a look at the food pyramid and find out more about healthy eating from Safe Food.
- Active School Flag – Find out more about the Active School Flag project