Research Programme in Healthcare Reform

The Department of Health funds the Research Programme in Healthcare Reform with the ESRI. The Programme is a multi-annual research programme to undertake research in health economics and policy which contributes to the evidence base needed for the reform and development of healthcare policy in Ireland. The Research Programme seeks to use economic analysis to explore issues in relation to health services and health spending as well as population health. Informed by the international literature and by Irish evidence such analysis has the potential to

  • assess the economic implications of policy choices in the design of the Government’s programme of healthcare reform;
  • assist in the design of services to meet the challenges posed by changing health behaviours, population ageing and increased prevalence of chronic disease and co-morbidities;
  • improve the cost effectiveness of health spending.

The Research Programme is overseen by a Steering Group, comprising of members nominated by the ESRI and by the Department of Health. The Steering Group is be chaired by a nominee of the Department of Health and the ESRI on an annual rotating basis.

Both publications are available on the ESRI website, or can be downloaded from the links below.

An examination of the potential costs of Universal Health Insurance in Ireland, ESRI Research Series Report, ESRI: Dublin – Wren M., S. Connolly and N. Cunningham (2015)

Projections of Demand for Healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030: First Report from the Hippocrates Model, ESRI Research Series Report, ESRI: Dublin – Wren M., C. Keegan, B. Walsh, A. Bergin, J. Eighan, A. Brick, S. Connolly, D. Watson and J. Banks (2017)