Opinion Martina Devlin

Monday 23 April 2018

Martina Devlin: Peace of mind from health cover comes with forbidding price tag

Should I pay my health insurance or repair the car? Bills for both arrived at the same time, each one for more than €1,000 -- a hefty increase on last year. So, which did I need most, medical cover or wheels?

That was the dilemma I weighed up recently, a variation on predicaments repeated in households nationwide. Should people replace their fridge or meet the creche fees? Pay for the gas or the phone? Is that a leaky roof or was there always a dark patch on the ceiling?

I did the bare minimum on the car to get it through the NCT, before considering my health. How hale and hearty was I feeling? Not bad. How flush was I feeling? Not very.

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