Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane has called for an open debate that will examine all options for health care reform and funding.
Speaking during debate on Feargal Quinn’s Health Insurance Reform Bill, Senator Cullinane said:
“This is a market-driven approach with which we in Sinn Féin disagree fundamentally.
“While I do not doubt Senator Quinn’s sincerity, placing the VHI under the aegis of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform indicates a financial approach to healthcare rather than a healthcare-driven approach.
“Sinn Féin wants to see universal public healthcare based on medical need and funded from fair and reformed general taxation.
“We are calling for an open debate that will examine all options for healthcare reform and funding, not just the narrow option represented by the Government White Paper.
“We all accept that healthcare is expensive and has to be paid for. The question is how to pay for it in a way that ensures the best possible healthcare for all who need it and which does so with the best achievable value for money.
“The Minister has recognised the failure of the insurance companies to reduce their outgoings and to address their cost base.
“So why not cut out that profit for the privateers and keep that money in the health system and in the pockets of citizens.”