The 2011 proposal for Universal Health Insurance in Ireland: potential implications for healthcare expenditure

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/611390
Title:
The 2011 proposal for Universal Health Insurance in Ireland: potential implications for healthcare expenditure
Authors:
Connolly, Sheelah; Wren, Maev-Ann ( 0000-0003-4026-0344 )
Citation:
The 2011 proposal for Universal Health Insurance in Ireland: Potential implications for healthcare expenditure 2016 Health Policy
Journal:
Health Policy
Issue Date:
May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/611390
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.05.010
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0168851016301269
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The Irish healthcare system has long been criticised for a number of perceived weaknesses, including access to healthcare based on ability-to-pay rather than need. Consequently, in 2011, a newly elected government committed to the development of a universal, single-tier system based on need and financed through Universal Health Insurance (UHI). This article draws on the national and international evidence to identify the potential impact of the proposed model on healthcare expenditure in Ireland. Despite a pledge that health spending under UHI would be no greater than in the current predominantly tax-funded model, the available evidence is suggestive that the proposed model involving competing insurers would increase healthcare expenditure, in part due to an increase in administrative costs and profits. As a result the proposed model of UHI appears to be no longer on the political agenda. Although the Government has been criticised for abandoning its model of UHI, it has done so based on national and international evidence about the relatively high additional costs associated with this particular model.
Keywords:
HEALTH ECONOMICS; HEALTH INSURANCE
ISSN:
01688510

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dc.contributor.authorConnolly, Sheelahen
dc.contributor.authorWren, Maev-Annen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-01T15:55:46Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-01T15:55:46Zen
dc.date.issued2016-05en
dc.identifier.citationThe 2011 proposal for Universal Health Insurance in Ireland: Potential implications for healthcare expenditure 2016 Health Policyen
dc.identifier.issn01688510en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.05.010en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/611390en
dc.descriptionThe Irish healthcare system has long been criticised for a number of perceived weaknesses, including access to healthcare based on ability-to-pay rather than need. Consequently, in 2011, a newly elected government committed to the development of a universal, single-tier system based on need and financed through Universal Health Insurance (UHI). This article draws on the national and international evidence to identify the potential impact of the proposed model on healthcare expenditure in Ireland. Despite a pledge that health spending under UHI would be no greater than in the current predominantly tax-funded model, the available evidence is suggestive that the proposed model involving competing insurers would increase healthcare expenditure, in part due to an increase in administrative costs and profits. As a result the proposed model of UHI appears to be no longer on the political agenda. Although the Government has been criticised for abandoning its model of UHI, it has done so based on national and international evidence about the relatively high additional costs associated with this particular model.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0168851016301269en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Health Policyen
dc.subjectHEALTH ECONOMICSen
dc.subjectHEALTH INSURANCEen
dc.titleThe 2011 proposal for Universal Health Insurance in Ireland: potential implications for healthcare expenditureen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalHealth Policyen
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