The price of keeping well was never more expensive – but where does our out-of-pocket spending on health needs go?
Top of the list is private health insurance, followed by drugs bills and then fees paid out to various medical specialists and therapists.
A recent breakdown of our annual household spending on health was given in a parliamentary reply to Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain.
* Private health insurance €1.67bn
* Prescribed medication €626m.
* Medical services (physiotherapist, orthodontist, consultant, etc) €335m.
* Dentist €315m.
* Doctor (not consultant) €249m.
* Hospital charges (net of insurance refunds) €112m.
* Spectacles and lenses €103m.
* Services of private medical auxiliaries (eg chiropodist) €52m.
* Optician €28m.
* Other medical products (plasters, bandages, etc) €17m.
* Therapeutic equipment – non optical items (eg wheelchair) €8m.
* Other non-hospital services €3m.
* Prescription charges for medical card holders amounted to €27.6m, €29.7m and €85.0m for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Estimated annual expenditure is based on grossing up the survey data for the full year and the total population.
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