More than 76,000 people have quit their private health insurance in the past year, with record numbers getting medical cards.
However, a leading patients’ advocate has warned that the mass exodus from the private health sector and the bill for the 1.8m medical card holders will have to picked up by the taxpayer.
“Here we have people falling out of private health insurance and the public system has the highest ever medical cards issued in the history of the State,” said Stephen McMahon, chairman of the Irish Patients’ Association. Continue reading
The Irish Patients’ Association’s Mission is to keep the patient at the centre of the healthcare system. It does this by advocating for the needs of patients to be paramount while working in partnership with health providers.Through contact with patients, their families, and their carers, the Irish Patients Association (IPA) keeps abreast of ongoing and emerging patient needs. The Association addresses various committees, working groups, and public bodies on behalf of patients.