Universal Healthcare 'Priority', Says Survey

The majority of Irish people want a ‘universal health system’ based on need even if it means they have to pay more taxes, it has been revealed.

According to a survey carried out by the Pfizer Health Index some 53% would prefer universal healthcare - part-funded by a 1% income tax hike - giving all citizens equal access to treatment, regardless of wealth.

Up to a fifth of people consider universal healthcare access as a top-three priority, while the number of people with private health insurance has fallen by 120,000 in the past year.

However, despite the support for universal healthcare, 15% said they are opposed to it.

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition outlined in March this year in the Programme for Government plans to introduce Universal Health Insurance. The aim is to end the public-private battle for services and provide free GP care.

The Pfizer Health Index, carried out by researchers at Behaviour and Attitudes, surveyed 971 adults aged 16 and over nationwide at the end of July and start of August.


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