Tuesday October 20, 2020

‘Unprecedented’ spending billed as chance to reform health system

The government has provided a record increase in the health budget to assist in the fight against Covid-19 and move towards a ‘more equitable model’

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

13th October, 2020
A total of €50 million is being made available for the funding of new drugs, ending the temporary pause on this process introduced this year due to budget overruns. Picture: Getty

The health service is to receive €4 billion in extra funding as part of Budget 2021 – the largest increase in the sector in the history of the state.

The additional funding will take next year’s health spending to just over €22 billion, with current expenditure making up €21 billion of that, and capital expenditure accounting for the other €1 billion.

According to the government, the additional money will be used to fund ongoing...

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