Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (140)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

140. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the cost of running the health service in each of the years 2011 to 2017 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21580/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The budget for the health service for the years 2011 - 2017 is set out in the following table:

Year

Capital 

Current

Health Total

 

€m

€m

€m

2011

347

12,632

12,979

2012

350

12,568

12,918

2013

347

12,459

12,806

2014

382

12,695

13,077

2015

382

13,341

13,723

2016

414

13,695

14,109

2017

454

14,347

14,801

As the Deputy will appreciate, comparing health expenditure across countries is not a clear cut process, and there are a variety of ways of measuring health spend. In addition, in the case of Ireland, the health budget includes significant expenditure on personal social services, such as long term care for older people and people with disabilities, which are not a feature of other health systems such as the NHS.

It is, however clear to us all that we will need to make significant and sustainable investments and reforms across the health service if we are to meet the impending challenges of a growing and aging population.

The Sláintecare report provides for this. We want a health service that provides better and timelier access to health service, has better patient outcomes and also one that deliver value for money. To do this, there is a need for a fundamental change in how and where we deliver services.