Health insurance in Ireland : issues and challenges

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Show simple item record Nolan, Brian 2009-04-08T14:09:34Z 2009-04-08T14:09:34Z Economic and Social Research Institute 2004 en 2004-11
dc.description.abstract Over the past decade or so the context in which Irelands complex mix of public and private health care operates has changed radically, as the numbers purchasing health insurance have soared and the nature of the insurance market has changed in response to EU regulations. This has widened the divide between those with and without health insurance, and called into question the public-private structure on which Ireland has relied for many years. Almost half the Irish population now pay for private health insurance, one of the highest levels of coverage in the OECD. This is despite the fact that hospital care is what private health insurance mostly covers, and everyone has entitlement to public hospital care from the state. The insured can avail of private health care, but much of this private care is actually delivered in public hospitals. The resulting two-tier system is now widely regarded as problematic from an equity perspective, but there are also serious efficiency issues arising from the incentive structures embedded in this particularly close intertwining of public and private. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ESRI, ISSC and University of Ulster en
dc.relation.ispartofseries ESRI Research Programme on Health Services, Health Inequalities and Health and Social Gain en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper No. 10 en
dc.rights Working Papers are not for publication and should not be quoted without the prior permission of the author(s) en
dc.subject.lcsh Health insurance--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh National health services--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Medical care--Ireland en
dc.title Health insurance in Ireland : issues and challenges en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Brian Nolan (web page) en
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dc.internal.authorid UCD0040 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
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dc.status Not peer reviewed en
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