More than 10,000 people have already paid for their Cholecystic Ovarian Cysts (COVID-19) treatment through a new, government-run scheme.
The insurance company will be providing the service to those who can afford it and those who cannot, as well as those who have already reached the final stages of treatment.
The first patients are expected to pay an average of €1,200 per treatment and will receive up to eight treatment sessions.
The cost will be split equally between the insured and the insurer.
It will start with a three-month trial, which will be extended for another three months.
The trial will run until April 2019 and will cover more than 5,000 patients.
The company says the costs will be covered by insurance company Centra Health and will be passed on to patients through their pay cheque.
In total, it expects to cover more patients than any other health insurer.
The scheme has been launched in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which provides the information for the health service.
The programme will cover patients from the ages of 18 to 80 who have not been previously insured for COVID-21.
There is a one-off levy on the first payment, and a five-year maintenance period, for the next five years.
The new COVID prevention programme will include a number of additional benefits, including counselling, support and other support, as it provides support to those with limited incomes.
It also covers the cost of treatment for those who need it most, such as those with heart conditions.
The service is being funded by CentraHealth, the Irish health insurance company.
Minister for Health James Reilly said the scheme is an example of the Irish Government’s efforts to reduce the costs of COVID treatment, while keeping people safe.
It is a major contribution to tackling COVID and helping people to reduce their risk of further infection, he said.
In a statement, Centra said it has been working closely with the Irish Medical Association to develop and roll out a pilot scheme.
Centra will offer up to six treatments for people who are eligible for COV-19 treatment and for those with COVID symptoms, the statement said.
It said it will also provide treatment for people with COVI symptoms who have had treatment for at least six months, or for those living in remote areas who do not have insurance.
There are more than 200,000 COVID patients in Ireland, most of whom are under the age of 50.
In 2017, there were more than 70,000 deaths in the country, a staggering figure that is predicted to rise in the coming years.
Centres have been able to offer coverage for COVI treatments since December.
The Government has promised a further €1.6 billion for COVD-19 prevention in the next financial year, covering services to prevent COVID deaths, as part of a package of measures to tackle the virus.
In addition to Centra, other health insurers are offering COVID treatments, such the Irish Hospital Association and the Association of Specialty Hospitals.