The market in Ireland for healthcare insurance

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Title: The market in Ireland for healthcare insurance
Authors: Durkan, Joe
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Date: 1998
Abstract: The healthcare market in Ireland is facing a series of problems arising from the dual nature of the market. Health insurance is an important element of this dual market. Yet the main issues confronting the health insurance industry - the ageing of the population and medical inflation - have not produced a set of insurance products in response. Subscribers thus face continued increases in charges well above inflation and these increased charges could well adversely affect new membership of younger people. The introduction of competition has not resolved this issue. Instead, it has concentrated attention on measures to maintain the existing situation. Some of the institutions associataed with the regulatory environment, for example the Risk Equalisation Scheme, have their own problems; and while it is worthwhile to resolve them, it is more important to consider the long-term issues.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Bankers' Federation
Journal: Irish banking review
Issue: Summer 1998
Start page: 53
End page: 62
Copyright (published version): Irish Bankers' Federation 1998
Subject LCSH: Health insurance--Ireland
Medical care--Ireland
Health insurance--Law and legislation--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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