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The real cost of being sick

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 22, 2015

My Medical Independent column from 22 October 2015
Everyone knows the Irish health system is complicated. It’s very hard for citizens to negotiate. Even health professionals find it infuriating to access services for people for whose care they are responsible. It is also well known that healthcare in Ireland is terribly unequal, that those with either cash or private health insurance can often secure faster access to essential diagnosis and treatment.

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Getting ready for action

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 24, 2015

Column from Medical Independent on 24 September 2015.

Ireland is often not the welcoming place it claims to be. Media images of refugees putting their lives at risk to get to Europe, and in particular the shocking sight of the dead body of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian washed up on the coast of Turkey, triggered a rush of good will from Irish citizens.The Government eventually announced that 4,000 refugees would be welcomed here under relocation and resettlement programmes over the next two years. So what are these refugees’ health needs and how will the Irish health system respond?  (more…)

Varadkar should do the right thing and abolish prescription charges

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 29, 2014

See below analysis from Irish Independent on 19 September 2014

Leo Varadkar has prioritised getting a realistic budget for health as number one of 10 priorities he wants to achieve within the next 18 months. All 10 priorities make good sense, some of them might even be delivered in the tight timeframe envisaged. (more…)

Programme for Government health commitments, potentially ‘revolutionary’

Posted in Blog by saraburke on March 20, 2011

The first sentence in the health section the new programme for government reads ‘this government is the first in the history of the State that is committed to developing a universal, single tier health services, which guarantees access to medical care based on need, not income’. The opening line of the full document refers to a ‘democratic revolution’ that took place on election day, how with the stroke of a pen the public had demanded change.  (more…)

Labour’s health policy, how it differs from Fine Gael, and what Sinn Fein are proposing

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 10, 2011

Yet to blog but if you want to hear today’s health slot, click on here and scroll down to ‘Drivetime with Mary Wilson: Thursday, February 10 (6.40-7pm)’ and press play, its the first item up…

The health myths that have outlasted Mary Harney

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 4, 2011

See her article I wrote for crisisjam posted on politico.ie today

ESRI evidence on health

Posted in Blog by saraburke on October 25, 2010

ESRI CEO Frances Ruane chaired an expert group on Resource Allocation in the health sector set up by Mary Harney in April 2008. They have published two volumes of research as well as the report of the working group. Here are some interesting findings from the 800 pages…

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Evidence shows no benefits from prescription charges

Posted in Articles by saraburke on September 8, 2010

Read article by me on this topic in last Saturday’s Irish Times

Progress looms on driving down drugs prices but prescription fees are unacceptable

Posted in Blog by saraburke on June 21, 2010

On 16 June, when Fine Gael were battling out their leadership,  Minister Mary Harney announced new legislation which will deliver savings for individuals and the public purse on drugs prices. The plan is that from early next year (2011), legislation will be passed which allows for greater generic substitution and reference pricing – it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Plus Harney confirmed the introduction of her misinformed prescription charges.

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