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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

@susmitchellsbp
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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