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Private hospitals to boost public service capacity in Ireland

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:256
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. Galway

    Ireland is to get 1000 additional hospital beds for public health service patients by building private hospitals on public hospital sites. The move is designed to partially fill an acknowledged 3000 bed deficit in the public hospital system, and Mary Harney, the minister for health, said that private investors would receive tax incentives to build the new hospitals.

    Ireland has a mixed public and private heath system, with 30% of the 4 million population entitled to free health …

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