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Saturday 16 December 2017

HSE set for overhaul ahead of its abolition and universal health insurance

Independent.ie reporters

THE GOVERNMENT has approved radical changes to the current structure of the Health Service Executive ahead of its eventual abolition as it plans to introduce universal health insurance.

There will be seven new divisions in the HSE under the new plans but it is not yet known how long the plan will take to introduce.



The new divisions proposed are primary care, hospital care, children and family services, public health, social care, mental health and corporate/shared services.



The HSE will no longer be run by a board, said Health Minister James Reilly.



“We will then have clear sight of budgetary lines,” said Mr Reilly today.



“ This is a step on the way to universal health insurance.”



He added that the changes will mean the implementation of the “money follows the patient” system.



“It is the view of Government that the interests of citizens in securing high quality health care in an effective, efficient manner will be best achieved in this way,” he added.



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