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A two-tiered public-private health system: Who stays in (private) hospitals in Ireland?

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  • Murphy, Aileen
  • Bourke, Jane
  • Turner, Brian

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Despite efforts to create a universal, single-tiered Irish health system, an unequal "two-tiered" system persists. The future blueprint for Irish health care, Sláintecare, recommends a separation of public and private hospital treatment. This study examines patterns of overall and private hospital utilisation in Ireland that could help identify some of the impacts of the proposed separation of public and private hospital treatment. Using data from EU-SILC (2016) (n = 10,131) the factors associated with inpatient hospitalisation and private inpatient hospitalisation are estimated using probit models.

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  • Murphy, Aileen & Bourke, Jane & Turner, Brian, 2020. "A two-tiered public-private health system: Who stays in (private) hospitals in Ireland?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 124(7), pages 765-771.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:124:y:2020:i:7:p:765-771
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2020.04.003
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