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Healthcare in Ireland Healthcare in Ireland is rated among the best in the world. According to International Living (2014), the standard of healthcare in Ireland is very good with satisfaction ratings of 90% for outpatient and 85% for inpatient treatments. Ireland has a publicly funded healthcare system based on general taxation. The tax rate is high at 20%. The Minister for Health & Children is responsible for healthcare policies and the Health Service Executive (HSE) is in charge of implementing the policy. Public hospitals in Ireland are owned and funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and there are hospitals which may be privately operated but funded by the government. Healthcare is essentially free. Anyone who is categorized as a common resident by the Health Services Executive, i.e. someone who is living in Ireland or intends to remain there for at least a year, has access to publicly funded healthcare. Indigenous citizens qualify by birth. Citizens must have a medical card that is issued by the HSE and are entitled to visits to a GP-General Practitioner, prescription medicines and certain medical equipment like wheelchairs, some dental treatment, vision and hearing services, treatment at public hospitals, and maternity and care of the newborn for up to six weeks after birth. They also may be entitled to free transportation to school for children who live 3 miles or more from the nearest school, and receive financial help with school book expenses. Despite free healthcare, there are problems in the Irish health system. Due to long waiting lists for surgical procedures or urgent treatments, many Irish citizens choose to purchase private health insurance. Private insurance allows patients to receive immediate treatment, bypassing long wait times and they can choose the hospital or care provider of their choice, depending on the level of their…...

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