Thursday 22 February 2018

Reilly's 'single-tiered health service' plan is the worst possible option for Ireland

Health Minister James Reilly
Health Minister James Reilly
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

This Government's promise to be "the first in the history of the State that is committed to developing a universal, single-tiered health service which guarantees access to medical care on need, not income", is the most vital health reform in Irish history.

Sadly, the model chosen by Minister Reilly – universal health insurance (UHI) based on a 'multi-payer model' – is the worst possible option.

The Programme for Government promised UHI by 2016. The recently published White Paper on Universal Health Insurance outlines the plans to achieve UHI by 2019.

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