Thursday 26 April 2018

Ignore campaign: you should avoid private health care

There are moral and financial questions about whether private healthcare makes sense, writes Thomas Molloy

Private lives: The head of the HSE claimed that St Vincent’s Private Hospital has a ‘parasitic dependence’
Private lives: The head of the HSE claimed that St Vincent’s Private Hospital has a ‘parasitic dependence’
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

The coming days will see a propaganda blitz from private health insurers trying to scare the under-35s into buying private health insurance.

All sorts of case studies will be presented of happy shiny young people who bought health insurance and were then saved by brilliant medical care.

The subtext to all these feel-good stories is clear; the State-run system would have let the same people die or suffer miserably. The State system does not have millions to spend on marketing campaigns, so it just sits there glumly and grits its teeth. It's a bit like tap water or milk which does not bother to advertise to our children; leaving the field clear to sugary carbonated drinks which can make all sorts of spurious health claims.

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