The Public Health Care System Essay
Primary healthcare in Ireland is mostly provided by general practitioners (GPs), who generally operate as sole traders or in health centers with other GPs and sometimes nurses. Most GPs also offer house visits to their patients, with emergency "out-of-hours" GP services available in all parts of the country. People with Medical Cards or GP Visit Cards are exempt from charges.
Much of healthcare provision in Ireland is provided by the state under the auspices of the HSE, much as in the NHS. However, though the HSE is the nation’s single largest employer and the state remains a key source of provision in Ireland, pluralism is nevertheless somewhat greater than here. The HSE provide dental, optical (vision) and aural (hearing) health care. Medical Card holders and their dependants, Health Amendment Act Card holders and children get these services for free. Other people can get these services for free or at a reduced cost from the Treatment Benefit Scheme and/or private insurance, or claim tax relief after paying the full cost with a private…