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Labour's Plan for Fair Health Care

Posted on February 08, 2011 at 07:53 AM

Jan and John - Cllr John Gilroy and Deputy Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of Labour's Plan for Fair Health Care.
Cllr John Gilroy and Deputy Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of Labour's Plan for Fair Health Care.

"Labour in government will introduce Universal Primary Care Insurance for every citizen by 2014," said Jan O'Sullivan TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Fair Health Care.

"At the same time Labour will end the two tier system in hospital care so that everyone has the same access to treatment through a Universal Hospital Care Insurance system by 2016."

Alongside Cllr John Gilroy, one of Labour's candidates in Cork North Central, and Cllr Pat Cody, one of the party's candidates in Wexford, she presented a bold new vision to rebuild healthcare in Ireland.

"Under Labour's plans people will pay for Universal Hospital Care Insurance as they do now, through Exchequer funding and an insurance premium. People will be able to choose an insurance provider, but the insurance package offered must include a guaranteed basket of care: semi-private accommodation and consultant-provided care.

“Many people do not go to the doctor when they are ill because they cannot afford GPs' fees. The high cost of attending a GP pushes too many people towards treatment in the acute hospital system or makes them defer seeking care until their needs are acute."

“Under Labour's plan for Universal Health Insurance, everyone will have access to care in public and private hospitals on the same basis as the privately insured have now. It will be paid for much the same way as we pay for healthcare now: through Exchequer funding, and insurance premia, which are subsidised for those currently eligible for medical cards and low-income earners."

Our Plan for Fair Healthcare is available to download from our policy section, you can also read Jan's statement from today's launch in our media centre and listen to audio from the launch below.

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