In many ways, Ireland is put on a pedestal for its healthcare systems, so you wouldn’t think that there are many problems. However, that is simply not the case. In fact, there are some problems that might make a country like the US think twice about following suit. And then again, you have to look at the pros and cons of each country’s healthcare system in order to make that determination. So what are the health concerns in Ireland?
Well, for starters, Ireland’s citizens are plagued with some rather common disorders. They are caused by various factors like the Irish diet, air quality, and ground water. Some of the most prolific disorders in Ireland consist of colon cancer, paruresis (shy bladder), osteoporosis, and autism. These are just some of the most common disorders in the gaelic community. Research is constantly being done to determine why these instances occur at a higher rate in Ireland.
Also, I read an adamant review about the whole concept of free healthcare. When someone does say something is free, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s free. Furthermore, it’s not necessarily going to be the best. Ireland does boast a better overall life expectancy than many countries, and it does have a great healthcare system when taken at face value. But what does free healthcare really mean?
When a person goes to the food pantry, is he or she going to be handed prime rib? Well no, and that’s kind of the argument that the review was making about healthcare in Ireland. For example, you go to visit the doctor, and well, you wait and wait some more. People are used to waiting for the doctor, but evidently the whole ‘free healthcare’ concept means hurry up and wait, kind of like people think about dealing with the US government.
Anything the government does in the US is handled for the masses, so I can see how this type of healthcare system would be a problem in Ireland at times. That is why in the US, people also like the idea of handling things on the state level. But when the healthcare systems in many countries are waning while Ireland is flourishing, it makes you think that the country is doing something right.
It is considered to be a very modern system, but anything that new is going to have its kinks, right? Granted, they will continue to work everything out, and right now, they sit atop the field when it comes to healthcare. It would be great if the US could get their healthcare system figured out, but they’ve been giving it a shot anyway. Affordable healthcare is so important, and maybe there is some solution in the middle somewhere that wouldn’t pose the problems that both countries have regarding healthcare.