Friday, April 21, 2006

Private hospitals

I am still trying to figure out the health service in my head and what needs to be done. Here is an interesting report from the Irish Examiner.

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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