Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service

Welcome to the website of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), which will present analytical and statistical outputs from the Service. The site contains recent analytical papers across a range of public policy and expenditure topics.

 

Our most recent publications are set out below.

The papers have been prepared by members of IGEES and do not necessarily represent the policy positions of the relevant Departments, Ministers or the Government.

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Governance Framework & Processes of The Health Sector in Ireland

This paper looks at the legislation that underpins the governance of the Health services in Ireland. It identifies the recent major amendments to the Health Act, namely the HSE Governance Act and the Financial Matters Act 2013. It outlines the process that the voted health expenditure is subject to and highlights the key components of the national service plan.  The paper outlines the powers the Minister for Health has in relation to the performance of the HSE and the responsibilities of the Director General and the Secretary General in relation to same.

The paper is available here.

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Long Term Trends in Irish Healthcare

This paper aims to take a step back from day-to-day analysis and look at long-term trends in Irish healthcare over recent decades.  Section 1 focuses on population outcomes (life expectancy, health status) while Section 2 focuses on the expenditure input that underlies these.  Overall, the report shows that life expectancy improved rapidly in response to investment during the late nineties and early 2000s but is unlikely to respond similarly in future with the easy gains from increasing spending now exhausted.

The paper is available here.

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Health Spending: Moving Back to Peak Funding

This paper looks at health expenditure from a record high in 2009 to the fall in spending in 2010 and 2011 as a result of the financial crisis to the growth again in 2015 and  2016 as resources became available. Making a number of adjustments necessary to compare spending on a like-for-like basis, this note shows that the health allocation of €14.1bn included in Budget 2017 means that spending next year will exceed its 2009 peak, both in total and per capita.

This paper is available here.

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Economies of Scale in Irish Hospitals

This analytical note looks at the question of economies of scale in Irish hospitals and attempts to determine efficient hospital scale using two metrics, bed utilisation and expenditure.

The paper is available here.

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