Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013

I second this Bill. I concur completely with Senator Quinn’s closing sentiment that this is a non-contentious Bill. It is a no-brainer. In years to come people will understand that the need to have defibrillators in places where large numbers of the public congregate or where particular risk activities occur is as acceptable as having … Continue reading

Health (Amendment) Bill 2013

I welcome the Minister of State back to the House. When many of the minor health care reforms such as this, which are coming through the system in preparation hopefully for the big bang of the move to a fully insurance-based system, come up I find myself selectively approving of them through gritted teeth because … Continue reading

Private health insurers’ possible cartel-like activity

I hate to sound like a broken record because I raised this issue yesterday, but additional information has come to my attention which urgently needs to be brought to the Minister’s attention. An approved licensed drug, Ipilimumab, is the first to benefit substantial numbers of patients with a relatively uncommon cancer, malignant melanoma. It is, … Continue reading

Melanoma patients: unequal cover from health insurers and long waiting lists for dermatologists

I have an urgent request for the Leader to bring to the attention of the Minister for Health something that has been bubbling under the radar for several weeks, the uneven access to cancer treatments for patients with private health insurance, depending on which company they are with. This causes spin-off problems for the public … Continue reading

The rationing of Ipilimumab.

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I ask the Leader to seek clarification from the Minister for Health on an issue I alluded to previously but which is becoming more acute, namely, whether there has been a change in the process for deciding what anti-cancer drugs will be made available through the health service. Good research shows that countries which underspend … Continue reading

Malignant Melanoma and the Availability of Ipilimumab

While I am supportive of what the Minister of Health is trying to do, including his proposal for a new grade of consultant, and he is making a number of innovative changes which will enhance the quality of the health system, a number of specific problems arise. Eva Cassidy and Bob Marley, two singers whose … Continue reading