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English, Damien

Monday, 17 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012. It is unusual to be in the House on a Monday and it is good to get a chance to ...More Button

It is important to address not only the cost of medicines to the consumer but the cost to our health services of the purchase and supply of drugs. There has been a difficulty this year in gettin...More Button

I have no doubt that under the parties in government we will get great reform of the health service. However, that reform cannot happen overnight, in one week or in two years. It will take the ...More Button

In the short term, things will be difficult. In the past one or two months we have seen cuts to home help and home care packages and so on. In some cases there are areas where one can make chan...More Button

I hope the reforms are introduced and bring about better management of resources on a 12 month basis rather than nine months and a crash course at the end to make savings. We should get a spread...More Button

I have spoken about what happened in the health service budget. I have consistently said it was the greatest failure of previous Administrations. They were in power over ten or 15 years and inv...More Button

The health budget is as clear an example as one can get. In 1997, the health budget was about €3 billion. In 2007, it was €15 billion, which is crazy. The number of people working in the health ...More Button

They were going to address the problems of the health service, which needs everybody to put their shoulders to the wheel with ideas, imagination, cost solutions, support and help. While medical ca...More Button

In recent years there has been much talk of generic drugs. Consumers are becoming more aware they are a low-cost option. This will not always suit drugs companies which are naturally profit dri...More Button

The safety of generic drugs has often been questioned but I suggest that at times this has been for negative public relations reasons. The debate has moved on from this but the suggestion still ...More Button

The recent Trinity College Dublin Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing, TILDA, of adults over 50 is timely and worth mentioning in this debate. It highlights how many older people take combination...More Button

More than half the annual cost of prescribing drugs is accounted for by those aged over 50 years. The TILDA report highlights that greater use of generic medicines by this sector of the populati...More Button

If we are to adopt a medium to long-term view of the health sector in Ireland, and the Government has done so, as well as dealing with the day-to-day issues, we must return again to the concept o...More Button

The HSE and health insurance companies could tackle long-term costs with a greater focus on health screening and early diagnosis. It costs relatively little to identify and warn somebody of thei...More Button

This is clearly in the public good in terms of quality-of-life and making better use of taxpayers' money, but it requires a shift in our thinking as individuals and as a society. This may sound ...More Button

Earlier I referred to the greater awareness the Internet brings to the cost of medication and the choices available. However it also brings with it many dangers. A huge increase has taken place...More Button