Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Consumer watch

Consumer watch

Finding the best plan to suit both your needs and your wallet can be a trying task – should everyone go on the same plan, does everyone need full cover, what exactly does my particular plan cover me for?

Writing in the Irish Independent this week Dermot Goode, an expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland, attempts to unravel the often confusing world of health insurance, providing insight into topics such as travel insurance and how people should be looking for more than simply hospital cover.

Elsewhere, Irish consumers thinking of booking a flight abroad might do well to stay clear of eDreams which, alongside Google, has been sued by Ryanair for featuring what it describes as “false fares with hidden fees.” In a recent statement, Ryanair spoke of how it has fielded thousands of customer complaints in recent months, from people who had booked flights on “a copycat website which features identical Ryanair branding, in a blatant attempt to dupe consumers. This ongoing deception leads to consumers encountering a range of problems, such as checked-in bags not being recorded, contact details being omitted, and additional passengers not being recognised or added to the booking.” eDreams has since made alterations to their online advertising, in the wake of the legal proceedings.

Finally, the festive season is supposed to be all about quality time with your family, good food and relaxing in front of the fire while watching a re-run of Home Alone. However, a new study has found that Christmas is actually the most stressful time of the year for some people. This may not come as a surprised to those who have shopped for last-minute presents, or pulled a blackened turkey from the oven but the German study, which analysed data from 11 countries in the European Social Survey, found that people are less satisfied and feel more negative emotions during the Christmas period.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.
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