Thursday September 24, 2020

Brendan Drumm: Promises to add hospital beds will not solve health crisis

Radically changing how services are delivered would reduce the need for acute beds, but in the race for votes, this proposal falls on deaf ears

2nd February, 2020
OECD figures show Ireland spent $4,915 per capita on healthcare in 2018. In Britain the figure was $4,070 and in France it was $4,965. Picture: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

Many commentators are concerned about auction politics dominating the general election campaign. In healthcare, the obvious example is parties’ commitments to thousands of new hospital beds.

These promises will involve building the equivalent of five large hospitals which, based on the new National Children’s Hospital, could cost €10 billion. Huge costs will be added to what is already one of the world’s most expensive health systems.

Ironically, these beds will...

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