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ESRI Paper should inform Committee on 10 year healthcare plan – O’ Reilly

16 June, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking today after the publication of the ESRI Paper “Challenges on Achieving Universal Healthcare in Ireland”, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said:

 “The publication by the ESRI of the paper “Challenges on Achieving Universal Healthcare in Ireland” is welcome, particularly given the imminent constitution of the All Party committee on a ten year vision for the health services. Our terms of reference mandate us to look at the establishment of a universal single-tier service where patients are treated on the basis of health need rather than on ability to pay, as well as looking at funding models.

“As a member of this committee, I will be advocating that the research of the ESRI informs the discussions taking place, given the brevity of the time available to the committee to produce its report. It is important that expert opinion, research and evidence is drawn upon and it is important that organisations like the ESRI and NERI are brought in, given their expertise and competences in this area.

“The World Health Organisation has advocated universal healthcare as the most effective means of improving global health. We in Sinn Féin have been strong advocates of universal healthcare and have laid out a blueprint for this in our Better4Health policy document. 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 for the Irish state.”

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