The corporatisation of healthcare: Should our health be their wealth?

The corporatisation of healthcare: Should our health be their wealth?

Critics say the corporatisation of healthcare is bad for GPs and patients. Proponents say private investment eases the burden on the state.

After Mary Harney had cut the ribbon on Ulick McEvaddy’s sprawling Naas primary care centre in February 2009, the aviation tycoon stressed the old adage that a person’s health is their wealth.

The involvement of high-flying executives such as McEvaddy, along with his brother Des and the developer Gerald Roche, was a sign that wealth of a more tangible sort could be accumulated through the primary care system.

This was a fact not universally...

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