Dear Editor, Minister for Health Dr James Reilly’s plans to bring in universal health insurance (UHI) are increasingly being viewed as ‘dead in the water’, as they will most likely have to be funded by increased taxes or cutbacks across all other Government departments.
If the Minister for Health insists on a ‘no-choice’ version of Universal Health Insurance that prevents top-up private policies, he should prepare for the mother of all political battles, writes Dr Muiris Houston.
With Cheltenham upon us again, Dr Ruairi Hanley gives us his annual predictions of which horses are on track for success at this year’s Festival.
In a contrasting tale, Dr Garrett FitzGerald compares the heroics shown following the recent storms with the ongoing disaster of ‘managing’ our overcrowded emergency departments.
Dear Editor, In the current debate on establishing free GP care to the under-sixes, what is striking is the absence of facts. This is at variance with how most private organisations operate, where facts underpin all key decisions.
Dear Editor, In response to Dr Ruairi Hanley’s ‘Straight talking on distraction’ article (IMT, February 14, 2014) regarding his comments on wine and health, I refer both he and Prof Shaun McCann to my article penned in IMT in June 2013, particularly points 1-3 (see http://bit.ly/Mwey8g).
Dear Editor, Minister of State Alex White has not yet, to my knowledge, responded to calls from the IMO to commence full negotiations on the draft contract for free care to under-sixes. This may be because he intends to use the submissions from the so-called consultation process to present a ‘watered-down’ version that he [...]
Dear Editor, Having waded through the draft agreement for the provision of services to under-sixes, our reaction is one of extreme disappointment that the HSE/Department of Health could introduce such a document into the public domain.
In Ireland it is estimated that 10,000 people have a stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death and a massive burden on the health service and society at large. Consequently, targeted interventions aimed at BP treatment will have a significant impact on stroke reduction, write Dr Divine Verbe and Dr John [...]
A multi-centre study led by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, has found that high-dose supplementation with both the trace element selenium and vitamin E increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. But importantly, this risk depends upon a man’s selenium status before taking the supplements.