Pregnant women who opt for private maternity care are more likely to have a caesarean section than women who opt for public care, a new Irish study has found.
Top-ups controversy not over yet
The HSE has rejected appeals made by many hospitals and agencies to continue 'top-up' payments to senior staff. Its review, however, still raises questions as to the rationale behind these long-standing payments
Is 'going Dutch' good for our health?
While the Dutch model of healthcare offers, in theory, a viable solution to Ireland's healthcare crisis, its affordability and sustainability in light of our current financial circumstances must be questioned.
Living with Raynaud's and scleroderma
A lack of awareness about Raynaud's and scleroderma, even among doctors, can make these conditions even more difficult to live with. Deborah Condon reports
Tony O'Brien - view from the top
In an wide-ranging interview with irishhealth.com, the HSE Director General admits that the organisation he heads up is too big to be effective and discusses the challenges involved in making our health service fit for purpose
To e or not to e...
Are e-cigarettes a major breakthrough that will help reduce the number of people smoking or will they cause more harm than good? Eimear Vize investigates
The importance of asking questions about care
Pat McEnroy found that the level of empathy and communication from hospital staff varied quite considerably when his wife Jane was seriously ill in the later stages of her life
A new online calorie calculator from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) will enable food businesses to work out the calorie content in the foods they sell and serve to customers
Burden of heart disease falling in Ireland
The burden of heart disease is falling in developed countries, including Ireland; however developing countries are not faring as well, new research has shown