Irish Have Low Use Of Medical Care

Irish people are one of the lowest users of medical care when compared with other OECD countries, according to a study revealed today.

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released their findings on Monday. They say the number of surgical procedures in Ireland each year is low compared to our OECD neighbours, while on average patients spend longer in hospital beds, possibly due to difficulties in finding convalescent or nursing home care.

The report also says that Ireland has around twice the OECD average of practicing nurses and that between 1995 and 2007, the number of employees working in the health sector rose by 73%.

Despite a spate of difficulties in the health service, the report says that the health of the population is good and improving at an exceptionally rapid pace.

However, it calls for stronger governance arrangements and sharing of information between the HSE and the Department of Health.

The report also advises the HSE may be trying to do too much at once and is not actively looking at what it can achieve and deliver in the short term.

Looking at Ireland's public service overall, the review found Ireland's relatively small public sector has given the state a competitive advantage with the other OECD nations, but it needs to make better use of its Public Service by allowing greater mobility for public servants.


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