We will all need to use health and social care services at some time in our lives.
Ireland never developed universal access to health services. The funding for primary care is radically different compared with our European neighbours, which results in people without medical cards facing the highest GP charges in Europe.
We also know that Irish drug prices are high compared to other European countries.
The hospital system is struggling to maintain levels of service provision and waiting lists are increasing, which impacts on diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for people.
Access to social care (for example home help, home care packages, respite and day care) is subject to budget caps in local areas. This means that access to social care is dictated by geography rather than equity.
Reform of our health and social care system should ensure equal access to care in a way that promotes solidarity between all people and the best possible health outcomes for all.