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2022 Edition of Health in Ireland Key Trends Report Released by Department of Health

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The 2022 edition of Health in Ireland: Key Trends, released by the Department of Health, provides summary statistics on health and health care in Ireland over the past 10 years.

The report highlights selected trends and topics and includes data from newly available sources. There are also several tables and graphs comparing Ireland with other countries in the EU or the OECD, to provide context for national performance and to assess progress.

Highlights from the report include:

  • significant increase in activity with 1.5 million attendances to hospital Emergency Departments in 2021, an increase of 13% year on year, and 3.2 million attendances to outpatient appointments in 2021, an increase of 8% year on year
  • 83% of those admitted to a public hospital rate their experience good/very good
  • mortality rate from all causes of death decreased by almost 16%, cancer mortality rates reduced by 15%
  • 82% of people in Ireland rate their health as good or very good, the highest in the EU
  • number of people over 65 is projected to almost double by 2042
  • in 2020, 79% of total health expenditure was funded by the government
  • number of consultant and non-consultant hospital doctors employed in public health service up 49% since 2012

Health in Ireland Key Trends 2022 looks at demographics, population health, hospital and primary care, health sector employment and expenditure, providing a comprehensive picture of the health landscape in Ireland today.

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