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Thousands of consumers are ditching private health insurance, leaving them at the mercy of an overstretched public system, writes Mark Channing

12th October, 2014
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Almost 4,000 consumers are quitting private health cover every month, according to the Health Insurance Authority. Ireland’s two-tier system of public and private healthcare means the decision to quit carries significant risks. As a private patient you can expect a quicker diagnosis, faster hospital access and earlier treatment than a public patient. As a public patient, unless you are in urgent medical need, you can expect to wait months or even years for treatment.


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