Wednesday, May 18, 2005


A Healthy Idea

I note that Fine Gael has said it will introduce a free health-screening programme for all adults if it's returned to power. The party unveiled proposals today to make screening available nationwide, which it claims could make Ireland the healthiest nation in Europe.

Under the proposals, tests for women would begin at 20 and for men at 30. Health checks for men would be carried out every five years and for women every three.

The plans also propose the establishment of an interactive national patient database.

Fine Gael says the health tests would free up space in hospitals and ultimately save money for the taxpayer and the state.

While I am slightly concerned about the proposal for an interactive national database, I am very encouraged at the idea of a free health-screening programme for all adults. This is a good, solid idea from Fine Gael and they should be applauded for it.


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