Health and Health Care



This chapter examines the Irish health care system, its recent proposed reform, and the influence that austerity has had on it. As will be seen, the neoliberal response to the crisis has had particularly negative effects on the quality of health care and its accessibility. The chapter also makes the more fundamental point that the system has always been organised in a way that has favoured elites to the detriment of ordinary people, which means that, in a way, austerity has always prevailed — the recent round of cutbacks constitutes the latest chapter in this unfortunate history.


Gross Domestic Product National Health Service Private Patient Sickness Fund Social Spending 
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© Julien Mercille and Enda Murphy 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity College DublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental PolicyUniversity College DublinIreland

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