The problem of hospital overcrowding and health insurance premiums has bedevilled every government. How you you fix it? Can it be fixed?
Some ideas of mine:
- If the health budget can't afford certain treatments, then outsource those treatments to private hospitals instead. James Reilly's policy was to abolish the National Treatment Purchase Fund. This will only load patients onto already overcrowded public hospital wards who would otherwise have been treated in private hospitals.
- Fast-track planning permission for new hospitals. The delays on the National Childrens Hospital were ridiculous. Also apparently Beaumont Hospital needed 20 years to get permission.
- Medical malpractice lawsuit reform would health reduce premiums.
- Outsource roles like electricians. I remember a stupid strike some years ago when staff who were not electricians changed lightbulbs and the electricians went on strike.
- Perfomance related pay.