UNIVERSAL Health Insurance (UHI) means one thing to Edel Rossiter – equal access for basic medical care.
Mother-of-one Ms Rossiter said last night that she welcomed the Health Minister's radical proposals for health care.
The Carlow woman and her husband Eamon last year welcomed their first child and she is "excited" about the UHI proposals as she believes it would mean equal access for basic medical care for her family.
"We don't have health insurance at the moment as it's just too expensive and thankfully we haven't had any major need for it yet," she said.
"But now with our baby – Regan – we need to think to the future for our family's needs.
"If the Government's proposals are true and will be implemented as they say they will, I welcome the plan as it means that we will receive the same medical treatment as those who are wealthier."
Although her young son will be covered under the Health Minister's free GP care for children under five introduced in last year's Budget, the UHI proposals will mean her entire family will receive equal medical care from the State.
Dr Reilly and his department have come under fire for the lack of transparency for the costs, something that concerns Edel slightly.
"At the moment, it all sounds good. But when I see the final costs and implications that it may have, I'll pass judgment then."