Time to go back to basics after Universal Health Insurance blunder
Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30
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.