The Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare has published Sláintecare, its proposal for a ten-year strategy for health care and health policy. The report marks the first time that cross-party consensus has been reached on a model of healthcare to serve the Irish people.
The committee's agreed vision is for a universal, single-tier health and social care system providing equitable access to services based on need, not ability to pay.
Key recommendations include the introduction of a Cárta Sláinte, which would entitle all residents to a comprehensive range of services, expanded capacity in primary care and social care, greatly reduced waiting times and the elimination of private care from public hospitals.
Read the full report here.