Government's health insurance model is a textbook case of flawed policy making
This Government promised universal healthcare its 2011 Programme for Government. It said everybody would have free GP care by 2016, and compulsory universal health insurance would start in 2016 and be completed by 2019.
The 2014 White Paper on Universal Health Insurance stated that this system would not cost more than the current system.
New costings by the ESRI show that the model of universal health insurance, as proposed by Government, would cost between €666m and €2bn more than we currently pay for healthcare.