Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by a full four years since the year 2000 and is higher than the EU average.
New figures to be released next week will also show that death rates from circulatory diseases are down 35pc and have fallen by 11pc from cancer since 2003, according to Health Minister James Reilly.
He was speaking about the improvement in the health status of the population as he asked for a €199m bailout to make up for the over-spend in health spending in 2013.
The total deficit is €219m but €20m which was unspent in the Department of Health budget is being transferred to ease the bailout.
He blamed the delay in measures like the delay in bringing in charges for public beds for private patients for adding to the deficit.
He said staff savings were made through giving HSE staff incentivised career breaks which were looked for by 2,700 workers but granted to 360.
A large proportion who are enjoying the break are nurses and therapists but only a limited number of these could be allowed avail of the perk.
The Minister told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children that hospitals are under particular pressure because the population is continuing to grow and age.
"Each year an additional 20,000 people are added to the total of those aged over 65 years. To meet these demands in an environment of reduced resources, we must change the way we manage and deliver our servides."
He said 60pc of patients admitted to hospital are now for day treatment with no overnight stay, compared to 54pc in 2006.