EXCLUSIVE: Ministers to decide on life or death drugs

Government takes over right to sanction crucial medicines from HSE

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
29th May, 2016
Government ministers have been given controversial powers to decide which new life-changing drugs will receive fundin

Government ministers have been given controversial powers to decide which new life-changing drugs will receive funding, The Sunday Business Post has learned.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has withdrawn the HSE’s power to approve the funding of expensive new medicines that exceed a certain cost-effectiveness threshold.

Instead, the HSE executive will make a recommendation to government, but the final call will rest with politicians.

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