Susan Mitchell assesses the Committee on the Future of Healthcare report

Is Sláintecare a utopian wish list, or a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to sort out Ireland’s dysfunctional health service?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
18th June, 2017

Every man, woman and child in Ireland spent an average of US$5,130 on healthcare in 2015.

That figure, the per capita spend, includes public and private spending and is reported by the OECD in US dollars to facilitate international comparisons.

It is one of the highest per capita spends in the EU and, indeed, across the OECD. Within the EU, only three countries, Germany ($5,267), Sweden ($5,228) and the Netherlands ($5,342) spent more than we did.

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