Thursday 30 March 2017

Editorial: Minister sensible to 
be cautious on health

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has signalled a more measured approach to the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI)
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has signalled a more measured approach to the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI)
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Health Minister Leo Varadkar has signalled a more measured approach to the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI).

Writing in today's paper the minister has sounded a note of caution about the timetable for major changes. "Maybe it might take a bit longer than originally planned, but it's going to happen," he said.

It is wise of the minister to tread more carefully and a little more slowly than his predecessor. There is a lot of planning in such a major change in the delivery of healthcare in Ireland and there are a lot of interest groups - with entrenched views - which need to be convinced before such changes take place. Mr Varadkar might be accused of putting it on the long finger, but it is a sensible course given the sheer costs involved in UHI and the still fragile state of the Irish economy.

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