[Previously posted over here]
If you’ve talked to me then you’ll realise that i’m not a big fan of private health insurance.
It seems like a money-making scam for the middle-classes to feel safe from tabloid-esque medical bungling
[medical-bungling happens, i’m just not sure private insurance stops it]
This Irish Times article covers a few of the issues of ireland’s private health care situation. I’ve been quoted greater than 50% for the number of Irish people with some form of private insurance.
I’ve not worked in the Irish health care system, given some of the stories you hear from people it sounds like it may be non-existent.
Perhaps it is a place were people are dying in droves without life-saving treatments, though I somewhat doubt it. A lot of the stories I hear about people being badly treated involved them not getting treatments that don’t work anyhow, or being denied tests that they didn’t or shouldn’t have had in the first place.
There are of course all kinds of nuances and subtelties in there, and there of course lots of medical cock-ups in there too.
But the interesting point that the article raised for me was what would happen if everyone ditched their private health insurance en masse?
Naturally there’d be a few less boob jobs and a few less parental tonsillectomies (the parents just really want the child to have the tonsillectomy…) and that perhaps be no bad thing.
But then there’d be all the important stuff that really needs done, but just gets done quicker in the private system. Who would pay to pick up the slack? Could the slack even be taken up in the system as it stands?
It seems that if the Irish people all chucked in their private health insurance then the public health system would collapse under the weight.
I find that kind of scary.