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Universal GP Care in Ireland: Potential Cost Implications

Sheelah Connolly, Anne Nolan (), Brendan Walsh and Maev-Ann Wren
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Sheelah Connolly: Economic and Social Research Institute
Brendan Walsh: Economic and Social Research Institute
Maev-Ann Wren: Economic and Social Research Institute

The Economic and Social Review, 2018, vol. 49, issue 1, 93-109

Abstract: In 2011, the Government made a commitment to the introduction of universal General Practitioner (GP) care, which they equated to the removal of fees for GP care. The aim of this paper is to quantify the potential cost implications of implementing universal GP care in Ireland. The analysis finds that universal GP care would add between 2 and 3.5 per cent to overall public healthcare expenditure and up to 1.2 per cent to total healthcare expenditure. While the introduction of universal GP care in Ireland would go some way to addressing limitations of the current system, other reforms may be required before universality can be achieved.

Keywords: GP care; healthcare expenditure; Ireland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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