Research has reportedly found that Ireland's spending on treatment for cardiovascular disease is the second lowest in the EU.
Reports this morning said the EU study found that Ireland spent 4.4% of its healthcare budget in 2003 on treating diseases that affect the heart and circulatory system.
This is higher only than Malta and significantly lower than the EU average of 12%.
However, this morning's reports said the Department of Health was disputing the figures and insisting that the situation had improved markedly in recent years.
Elsewhere, the study reportedly found that cardiovascular diseases cost the Irish economy €866m in 2003.
Healthcare accounted for almost two thirds of the cost, with loss of productivity and the economic cost of unpaid care in the home making up the remainder.