Basic health fees are funding top of range care deals

CONSUMERS paying a basic fee for health insurance are “cross subsidising” top-of-the-range care packages with “all the frills”, a national conference will be told next week.

Young and healthy people are also joining the exodus from private health insurance, leading to a price spiral that is “unsustainable”, according to Donal Clancy of Laya Healthcare who will address a national conference on the subject on Wednesday. Continue reading »

Washing our hands of hygiene

It is not really possible to understand the Irish health service without some understanding of the attitudes and cultural backgrounds of the main participants.

Almost every single advance in the past has been due to a financial incentive – every time the government has wanted to improve services, they have always had to pay off some interest group. And because of that, and perhaps the avarice of some of those group’s representatives, it has become a truism that you can’t do anything, or change anything, without a pay-off to someone.

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