Maeve Dineen: Stirrings of long-overdue revolution in health sector
An interesting thing happened in Kerry last week -- two GPs put an ad in the 'Killarney Advertiser' offering an ordinary consultation at €40 for adults and just €25 for children.
This simple story caught my eye for two reasons -- it is one of the first signs that the medical industry is finally embracing change and also of how the troika's attempts to restructure the economy will eventually make Ireland a much better place to live.
Health plays an enormous role in society -- and also in the economy. It accounts for more than one in every four euro spent by the Government and it employs a significant part of the workforce. Inflation in the sector is out of control as we saw from the latest VHI hikes last week.