Maeve Sheehan: Free public healthcare is now a myth
After successive austerity budgets, the State is heaping more misery on the sick and vulnerable.
The myth of free public healthcare has been debunked by a succession of austerity budgets that have cut the health service to the bone.
From accident and emergency to staying overnight in hospital, public patients are increasingly having to pay up unless they have a medical card.
The more the Government cuts health services, the more public patients must pay for treatment, according to academic Dr Steve Thomas.