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The arrival of Universal Health Insurance: Slow… slower… very very slow… June 17, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.

From the IT today:

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is looking at major alternatives to the plans for universal health insurance (UHI) put forward last year by his predecessor James Reilly.
Mr Varadkar has sought new research looking, for example, at confining UHI to covering only hospitals and excluding drugs or primary care services.

Ah, nothing like ‘new research’ to keep things moving ever more slowly along.

Those of us who have an ideological problem with the UHI scheme (from a leftwing perspective) from the off will probably feel this paragraph bundles some of its most pernicious aspects up in a nice concise conceptual package.

UHI – which would seek to eliminate the country’s existing two-tier health system by effectively making everyone a private patient – is officially the Government’s healthcare reform blueprint. Under a White Paper published last year by Dr Reilly, the system was to involve a multi-payer model of competing private health insurers and a State-owned VHI.


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