Parties agree on integrated care model to cut waiting lists

Streamlining of community and hospital care standard in Europe

12th February, 2017
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall

Cross-party agreement has been reached on unifying hospital and community care budgets to help reduce long waiting lists.

This would allow hospitals to divert some of their budgets into providing homecare packages currently funded out of HSE community budgets, allowing patients to be discharged faster and more operations to be performed.

The Oireachtas committee on the future of healthcare is also in favour of having a single-tier health system, which would eliminate the public-private system...

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