Looking at HSE Facts and Figures

In light of the Versatis patches being withdrawn by the HSE I was looking into some of the spending by the HSE. I’m not targeting anyone as I know people are entitled to health care for various reasons but I am wondering if perhaps cuts could be made elsewhere.

HSE wages in 2016 included 2 staff members received over €560,000, nine received pay between €300,000 and €370,000, 24 staff members received pay between €250,000 and €300,000; 207 in receipt of salaries between €200,000 and €250,000; 1,070 between €150,000 and €200,000 and 931 between €100,000 and €150,000. Source: The Journal http://www.thejournal.ie/hse-annual-report-2016-3436548-Jun2017/

Data from other countries and the WHO says that in developed countries, between 5-15% of the total health budget is spent on treating tobacco related disease – in Ireland, this amounts to between €1 and €2 billion every year. Source HSE:https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/change/quit/about%20quit.htmlhttps://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/change/quit/about%20quit.html

The lack of a national programme to treat obesity has cost the HSE at least €56 million over a decade in extra health costs. Source The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/lack-of-obesity-surgery-has-cost-hse-more-than-50m-report-finds-1.3086162

HSE funds treatment for 28 people to change gender in 2016. Based on pricing data provided by the HSE, the cost for the 28 people in the process of transitioning  to complete treatment, would be €845,600, excluding travel expenses and postoperative care. Source The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/hse-funds-treatment-for-28-people-to-change-gender-in-2016-1.2979930

Government to pay for couples to have IVF treatment (2017). Source The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/ivf-means-tested-3628147-Oct2017/

3 million spent on cosmetic surgery procedures in 2015. It brings the total spend on cosmetic surgery performed in public hospitals to €22,838,819 for 5,922 patients since 2009. Unknown how much was funded by the HSE. Source The Sun https://www.thesun.ie/news/326076/over-e3-million-spent-on-cosmetic-and-corrective-procedures-in-irish-public-hospitals-last-year/

EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive has cost the HSE €2.2 million in 2016. Source Brian Hayes: https://brianhayes.ie/2017/03/05/hse-spending-on-eu-cross-border-health-increased-by-350-in-the-last-year-hayes/

Makes for some reading doesn’t it?


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