Future Health

In November 2012, we published Future Health: A Strategic Framework for Reform of the Health Service 2012-2015

Future Health sets out how we plan to fundamentally reform Ireland’s health services.  Our goal is to introduce a single-tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance (UHI), in accordance with the principles of social solidarity. 

Future Health sets out the building blocks and key actions required to achieve this goal.

We must reform our health services because we are facing major challenges like scarce financial resources, an ageing population and an increase in the number of people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

The main features of the reformed health services will be:

  • equal access to healthcare based on need, not income;
  • universal insurance for a standard package of health services;
  • no difference between “public” and “private” patients;
  • universal primary care, including GP care without fees for all;
  • universal hospital care with independent, not-for-profit trusts and private hospitals

Click the links to find out all about Future Health, including UHI, Money Follows the Patient, Universal Primary Care and hospital groups.