Many patients in Louth with private health insurance who present to public hospitals with cardiac symptoms may be missing out on rapid access to cardiac intervention. As a result of this, a significant number are left waiting several days and often over weekends because of the demand on public waiting lists. Consequently, this adds to already long public waiting lists and also deprives patients who have paid their health insurance immediate access to often lifesaving care.
Derek Morris, aged 67, from Tullyallen in Drogheda recently spoke about his experience of being transferred to the Mater Private for rapid access cardiac intervention. Derek was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with chest pain, however after waiting three days for a procedure he decided to speak to the medical staff about his options. He explained that he had private health insurance and would like to use it to speed up the process resulting in the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital contacting the Mater Private.
Derek was transferred to the Mater Private at 6am the following morning to have an angiogram followed by a stent procedure. Speaking about his experience, Derek said “It was great to get everything done so quickly. Everyone in the Mater Private was pleasant and professional. The whole process was easy and there was no time spent worrying about it because it was hassle free and it all happened so fast.” He further went on to say that he is glad he has health insurance and he thinks that “more people should know that treatment can be sped up if you let them know in Our Lady of Lourdes that you have insurance.”