Read more: The Pandemic Two Years On: The Impact on Travel
This is the second in a series of papers that aim to give an overview of some of the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Ireland. This paper examines the impact of COVID-19 on travel, both domestic and international. The paper analyses the sharp decrease in travel following the onset of the pandemic and shows how, even when demand for travel resumed in 2022, the knock-on effects of COVID-19 still impacted people’s ability to travel, especially overseas.
Read more: Private Practice in Public Hospitals: Should Senior Consultants be Prioritised?
In many countries, consultants employed by public hospitals are allowed to provide private, fee-paying consultations as part of their workload, that is, within the public hospital.[i] This specific form of dual practice enables the patients who can afford to pay for private consultations, either themselves or via some private health insurance, to gain faster access to outpatient consultations and elective care. Despite the fact that it is common practice in many countries, the provision of private care within private hospitals has not received as much attention in the literature.