Cost of health insurance is bad for public system
THERE are three reasons why Irish people have private health insurance. First is their fear that the public health service will not meet their needs or those of their loved ones. Second, they want to be self-reliant and provide for foreseeable risks in their lives. Third, they can – one way or another – find the money to pay the annual premium.
Since this Government came to power in March 2011 nothing much has happened to diminish people's lack of confidence in the public system.
More happily, there is much evidence that people still want to pay their way despite very tough economic conditions.