Editorial: Health spend needs fixing before it brings us all down
What is one to make of the Funding section of HSE's 'National Service Plan 2014' published yesterday? The current estimate is that €13,392.6 million will be spent on health in 2014. A staggering sum of money, as are the hundreds of millions that are bandied around in cuts, budget over-runs and various other HSE related figures.
The public, who know the value of €100 or even €1,000, are bamboozled and confused, not only by the plethora of figures, but by the size and confusion associated with the health budget.
No wonder the funding section of the 'National Service Plan 2014' begins with the preamble: "The health service is facing the most severe financial challenge in 2014 resulting from the reduction to its funding base and a significant additional savings target being required."