The Times - Taking private healthcare out of public hospitals will cost the state almost €6.6bn, and take twice as long as recommended in the Slaintecare strategy adopted by the government, according to a new report given to Simon Harris, the health minister.
The de Buitléir report, which has examined separating public and private hospital treatment, warns that uncoupling the latter from acute public hospitals could take 10 years.
That is twice as long as the term envisaged by the all-party Oireachtas committee on the future of healthcare, which produced the Slaintecare report two years ago. The report was written by an expert group, which includes a former adviser to finance minister Brian Lenihan and a former HSE director...>>>
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