Deputy Michael Lowry has criticised the Government for continually destabilising and undermining the health care system while at the same time promising radical reform that grows increasing unlikely and unachievable.
The Independent T.D. for Tipperary stated that the Government have continually, relentlessly and knowingly brought forward policy changes that have had a detrimental impact on health insurance and subsequently on the healthcare system.
Deputy Lowry told The Tipperary Star this week;“The Government are misleading the public with promises of a Universal Health Insurance system by 2016.
The healthcare system in this country in is complete disarray and is on its knees.
We are all aware of the chaos in A&E departments, the huge numbers on trolleys on a daily basis, and the long waiting list for those awaiting important procedures.
“Since this government has come to power we have seen a mass exodus from the private health insurance market which is placing increased pressure on public hospitals.”
“People are leaving the private health insurance market due to drastic cost increases fuelled by the Government policy of risk equalisation, charging patients with insurance for using private beds, the reduction in tax relief introduced in Budget 2013 and an increase on the levy on health insurance set to come into effect in March 2014.”
“This in turn means that the Governments much lauded Universal Health Insurance is growing further out of reach.
Minster Reilly has lost all credibility and his continued protestations simply cannot be believed any further,” Deputy Lowry said.