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Health Services Expenditure

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 28 April 2021

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Questions (865)

David Cullinane


865. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if his Department has undertaken an analysis for minimising the delivery of low value care in the context of the entire health service; if so, the conclusions and recommendations of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21179/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Department continually seeks to ensure that high quality patient outcomes are gained for the investments made in the health service. Ensuring that public monies are spent as effectively as possible is one of the eight Sláintecare Fundamental Principles. In particular, the Health Capacity Review 2018, sought to ensure that capacity would be developed consistent with delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time, moving care out of hospitals into the community as appropriate, and putting an emphasis on both prevention and hospital productivity. My Department has been implementing the Health Capacity Review together with the HSE to ensure that low value care is safely delivered in the appropriate location within community and home settings, and that high value care is appropriately prioritised for delivery within the acute setting.