See Ireland’s health spending among highest in OECD ∑ TheJournal.ie
This 11.4% figure is high by international standards. So hypochondriac public sector advocates shouldn't disingenuously quote the lower percentage of spending to GDP without mentioning that Irish GDP uniquely is overstated by about 20 to 25% due to multinational financial transactions.
Given this high spending,the government should be well able to maintain front line services. But given the news reports of withdrawal of services from very vulnerable elderly people and disabled children,and in view of the hundreds of millions budget deficit in the HSE budget,what chance is there of avoiding major service breakdowns?