Thursday 29 June 2017

Time to go back to basics after Universal Health Insurance blunder

Some 28,000 people wait more than six months for in-patient hospital admission; 80,000 people have been placed on trolleys because of a lack of hospital beds (Stock image)
Some 28,000 people wait more than six months for in-patient hospital admission; 80,000 people have been placed on trolleys because of a lack of hospital beds (Stock image)
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

I've told you so - ad nauseum, on umpteen occasions over the past six years. Universal Health Insurance (UHI) was a utopian pipe dream that could never work in Ireland.

It was a hopelessly flawed policy option, adopted by Fine Gael and Labour without proper research or understanding of the health service structures and services. Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore failed, both in government and in opposition, to stress-test the fundamental dynamics of cost or viability.

Even now, they are flailing around. Looking to a Canadian - rather than a Dutch - model of universal health reveals a limited understanding beyond the basic, negative cost implications put forward by the ESRI and KPMG.

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