Immoral Two Tier Health System – Ó Caoláin
Responding to findings in a study conducted by the Irish Cancer Society that shows that public patients may have to wait up to 25 times longer than private patients for tests to diagnose suspected cancers, Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D. has said that such findings confirm the extreme depth of inequality in our health services.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“This study conducted by the Irish Cancer Society makes for grim reading. It has been found that in some cases public patients have had to wait up to 480 days for an ultrasound, up to 360 days for an endoscopy, 280 days for an MRI, 240 days for a brain scan and 200 days for a chest scan. This is not acceptable.
“Inability to pay should not deny anyone the opportunity to lead a full, long, healthy life. The extreme depth of inequality in our health services is immoral and cries out for urgent address.
“Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation. We believe there is no greater good worth striving for” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.