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dc.contributor.authorPublic Health Alliance Ireland (PHAI)
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-28T14:15:34Z
dc.date.available2018-02-28T14:15:34Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/622853
dc.descriptionWhile it is generally agreed that health services are neither the only nor indeed the main cause of health inequalities, nevertheless health and other social services are an important factor for those who need care and support. Poorer people and those who are socially excluded suffer poorer health and therefore need more services. However, it is often the case that there are fewer services where the need is greatest44 and that the services which are provided are not appropriate to the needs of those they serve. In the Republic of Ireland, the health system is fundamentally unequal, allowing those who can afford private care to get more rapid access to a better service45. In Northern Ireland there is universal free access to health services. There are, however, common problems across the health services on the island as a whole. A study conducted in 2001 in Northern Ireland showed that there were a large number of barriers to accessing services and health care including difficulties due to financial circumstances and time constraints. Problems with front desk encounters and geographic location, for example, level and cost of public transport, also emerged46. These issues are also of concern in the Republic of Ireland, where, for example, there is evidence of inequality in access and difficult journeys to specialised care particularly for those in rural areas. Rural living and physical isolation are barriers that have been cited for older people47 , women48 and men49 accessing health services. Concerns have also been expressed in relation to a lack of drug treatment facilities in rural areas in the Republic of lreland50 Poor literacy skills and varying degrees of discrimination are other obstacles identified for specific groups within the population accessing health servicesen
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dc.publisherPublic Health Alliance Ireland (PHAI)en
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen
dc.subjectHEALTH INEQUALITIESen
dc.titleInequalities in Health on the Island of Irelanden
dc.typeReporten
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-30T15:27:24Z


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