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Ireland considers compulsory health insurance for all and subsidised premiums for least well off

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2718
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

Free GP care for all and a move to an insurance based rather than a taxation based funding model are among major changes to the Irish health system signalled in a white paper that the government published last week.1

The prime minister, Enda Kenny, and the minister for health, James Reilly, unveiled plans to create a one tier health system, with access based on need rather than the ability to pay. At present some 40% of the Irish population are eligible for free healthcare, based on …

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