Wednesday 17 January 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Cancelling our health insurance is an absolute sickener

Getting rid of Sky TV wasn't too bad – but Eilis O'Hanlon hopes her latest cutback won't be tempting fate

THIS winter is starting to feel like a metaphor for the Irish economy.

Conditions have been bad for a few years, and we keep hoping that next year will be better, warmer, more bearable; but it never is. Winters, like the recession, just keep getting worse, with no end in sight to the misery as we're battered by one fiscal and actual storm after another.

The weather isn't simply adding insult to our trials. It's providing a personal soundtrack. The clank and clatter of the letterbox is another of the sounds that define the times. Usually it's just bills we don't want to think about and bank statements we're afraid to look at. This week it was a letter from my health insurer, explaining that payments on my policy would be going up from €120 to €190 a month.

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