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Irish have highest medical bills in EU

OECD figures highlight how people are being forced to spend large sums of money on healthcare

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

16th October, 2016
Irish medical bills are rising Pic: iStock

Irish people had the highest medical bills of anyone else in the EU in 2015, soon-to-be published figures will reveal.

The OECD figures, which will be published in November, show the amount that individuals coughed up privately in Ireland was €1,209 compared to an EU 28-country average of €604.

The figures highlight how people are being forced to spend large additional sums of money for healthcare. This is happening even though the public system, which everyone...

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