Monday August 10, 2020

Locked out: How public patients lose out on the latest medical advances

If you don't have private health insurance you might not gain access to the latest medical advances

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

3rd April, 2016
Dr Barry Maguire, a urologist and expert in robotic surgery in theatre in the Mater Hospital Picture: Bryan Meade

When Dublin-based surgeon Rustom Manecksha sees a patient in the hospital where he works, he asks whether his patient has private health insurance.

The reason? It can determine the type of treatment the patient receives. Manecksha does not work in a private hospital, but as a surgeon he sees a widening gulf between what he can offer patients in the public system and what is routinely available to patients in private hospitals.

Private patients regularly...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Irish doctors will not use the term ‘fully reversible’ in future, following a change in Britain’s NHS guidance on hormone treatment for transgender children

Aaron Rogan | 1 day ago

The founder of the expert group EndCoronavirus says New Zealand’s zero tolerance model is the only option against the virus

Rachel Lavin | 1 day ago

Paul Reid explains how being thrown in at the deep end and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has altered his approach to managing the health service

Daniel Murray | 1 day ago