Private hospitals not most effective
He said patients in private hospitals would not have the same quality of care as private patients in public hospitals because they did not have comprehensive care teams or the extensive services available to those in the public system. Mr James Sheehan, founder of the Blackrock, Galway and Hermitage Clinics, dismissed Dr O’Ferrall’s claims that private hospitals were costlier and patient outcomes worse.
He said these claims were based on US and Canadian research and there was no Irish evidence to support them. Mr Sheehan said there was a role for “independent healthcare” at a time when the State is lagging about 20 years behind in meeting healthcare needs.
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