Tipping the scales: exploring austerity and public health in Ireland

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International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
20 March 2020
Health Services, Employment
Social welfare
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Before the financial crisis, Ireland experienced a period of rapid economic growth. With the financial crisis, this prosperity ended abruptly as the economy 'suffered the greatest contraction of any OECD country since the Second World War'.

Despite recent improvements in the health of the Irish economy, the health system has endured a sustained period of stalled funding.

During the austerity period, the risk of poverty grew from just over 20% in 2007 to 32% in 2012 for people aged 18-64. Evidence also suggests that the depth of coverage diminished, as spending on hospital charges and medicines rose between 2009 and 2014.


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