Is Reilly's UHI just pie in the sky?

Ten questions and nine answers about Universal Health Insurance, the plan to turn the Irish healthcare system upside down, write Susan Mitchell and Pat Leahy.

9th March, 2014
Minister for Health James Reilly at the Fine Gael ard fheis last week in the RDS: if Noonan and Howlin remain opposed to his plan for UHI, it will not happen. Picture: Collins

1 So what is UHI?

Universal Health Insurance (UHI) is a new model of funding healthcare that aims to end the current two-tier system whereby those with private health insurance typically enjoy faster access to hospital consultants and acute healthcare.

The introduction of UHI would represent the biggest change in the history of the state in how we organise and fund our health service.

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