Sunday 17 December 2017

Ditch paying private healthcare and start saving for the future

Future of Healthcare Committee chair Róisín Shortall
Future of Healthcare Committee chair Róisín Shortall
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Your front page report (Irish Independent, April 6) got me thinking about the wisdom of continuing to pay for health insurance, which I have been doing for 35 years. Should tax relief be abolished on it, the cost would increase by 20pc.

This is on top of regular increases in the core cost for as long as I can remember, but especially so in recent years, and the extortionate health levy going up again. In addition, if the inpatient charge was abolished then the logic of reverting to using only public health services becomes much stronger.

I have used both private and public healthcare and both are equally excellent, the only real difference being the long delays in accessing public care, but this only applies in non-emergency situations and it is also noteworthy that many people with insurance are treated in public wards anyway.

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