Meanwhile, At The Hermitage Hospital (Private)


Lunch at The Hermitage Medical Clinic in Lucan, Dublin.

Literally good enough to eat.

Thus illustrating the shocking gap betwNOMNOMNOM

Caution: Patients are reminded that the Hermitage clinic’s investors include the much-loved horseburger mogul, Dirty Larry.

Previously: Meanwhile, In The Coombe
Meanwhile, In The Rotunda
Meanwhile, In Beaumont
Meanwhile, St Vincent’s

Thanks LK

6.30pm UPDATE:

‘Tea’ at the Hermitage.

What? No burnt wedges.


40 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At The Hermitage Hospital (Private)

  1. cyclecrunk

    don’t public patients often get transferred to private? I imagine they would therefore get share of this (rather poor but ok by irish standards) fare? So why the s*it stirring? People who pay more, they want more. You want better standards in public? Go bark at unions door.

    1. Rob

      There’s nothing wrong with highlighting the difference between what the wealthy get vs what the rest of us get. I mean, are you suggesting that what people who haven’t got the money to go private is actually acceptable? There’s an acceptable minimum standard – and what we’ve been seeing ain’t it.

      1. Father Filth

        The current government are *fixing* your moral conundrum, ‘Ah shure, if some people can get better care than others, let’s make sure no one can get decent health care..’

        Do you really want to be in a situation where you’re told to wait 12 months for a dodgy mole result?

        If I can pay to shorten that, I will, I don’t need to be guided, hamstrung and railroaded by a bunch of c_nts.

        C_nts that will never ever find themselves in a six bed ward, listening to someone expiring in the next bed..

        Wait till Labour have shat on everything health related, it will make the last crowd look like saints.

        1. cluster

          Nothing will make the last crowd look like saints, particularly since a lot of the problems to be dealt with now are legacy issues from their time.

  2. Tommy

    Health insurance is a con. Why would a young, healthy non smoker pay the same as some 60 year old obese man who smokes 40 a day? Keep on paying it if you are as you are subsidising the rest of us.

    1. Zaccone

      A young, healthy, nonsmoker (ie a male in his 20s) is far, far more likely to suffer require emergency care for lifestyle factors. Driving, sports or drinking related injuries, STDs, that sort of thing.

      1. Tommy

        Is this what you discovered when you did your actuarial analysis or are you just another spoofer?

        Google risk equalisation.

        1. Kevin

          You’re right Tommy, it is a con. Ok, my premium is lower than people twice my age, but not as low as it should be – I’m covering their costs.

          Here’s where we hit ideology: I think we should all have to contribute more, regardless of our individual risk status, so that when anyone needs healthcare they get it, and at an excellent standard.

          Other people might think otherwise, that the government should keep its greasy paws off our wages, and we should all take responsibility for our own healthcare. Devil take the hindmost, and all that.

          And, of course, we’re all entitled to our opinions and ideologies and many other foibles besides. But we all also vote.

      2. Kennz

        I think we can assume any of those lifestyle related injuries wouldn’t cost more than any disease which requires ongoing medical attention, medication, monitoring and treatment, say heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer or whatever so the point remains.

        1. Jolly

          Anyone can get sick from anything. You shouldn’t have to have health insurance. You pay taxes to get services like healthcare. In this country almost all of our taxes go to pay of some bondholders who gambled and lost their money. Sickening.

    2. sinabhfuil

      Maybe because the fatso of 60 has been paying for 42 years without claiming?
      It’s all going to end soon anyway, since so many people are falling off the bandwagon, being unable to pay. A better healthcare system has to be made.
      As for the food, isn’t it baffling that Irish restaurant and home food has improved to the point of unrecognisability in the last 40 years, but hospital food – which should by rights be the best – is like some nightmare from the 1960s.

    3. cluster

      For what it is worth, non-smokers cost the system much more in the long-run because they live longer.

  3. insta

    Even a 3 star michelin meal would look unappetising when photographed from above with a flash. It lmakes all food look like something on a menu in Torremolinos.

  4. Blah

    Oh thank christ! I renewed my VHI, and this photo has now been put into the ‘vindicated’ column of my brain…

    1. Tommy

      How much would you pay over 10 years to the VHI say from age 25-35? How much would it actually cost to pay for full private healthcare in those years out of your own pocket? I’m sure you could throw in a few nice meals in Chapter One with the saving. Some people are averse to risk even if they could afford having to pay out.

    2. Mani

      The quality of the meals I’d receive in hospital slightly outweighed by my desire for quality treatment and a bed.

  5. John

    The Hermo would want to be serving a decent bit of scran after all a bed there is over €900 a day.

    1. Tommy

      You get dumped into the public system for most things.

      “Health insurance claims costs increase with age. The average prescribed claims cost for people aged 70-79 in 2011 was €2,442 compared to €224 for those aged 18 – 29”

      You will end up paying a grand a year and getting back 200 quid on average. I’m saying that if you are going to spend 10K over ten years you might as well just pay your own health costs as it will be highly unlikely that your actual claims will be higher than the insurance cost.

      1. Rompsky

        You’ve pretty much just given the definition of insurance:

        it will be highly unlikely that your actual claims will be higher than the insurance cost.

        1. Tommy

          This is the case for properly priced insurance but it goes completely out the window when you have risk equalisation. Insurance as a concept is valid, you pay to reduce risk based on your own circumstances. The current setup means you are just paying the hospital bills for loads of retired people and maybe the odd half price physio visit for yourself. I’ll be joining up when I’m 55 if the same setup is operating.

          1. Tommy

            I don’t have health insurance. Do you think people without health insurance get left on the side of the road? I’ll get treatment that will be no different than somebody with insurance. Food might be crap if I overnight it but mostly its about treatment.

  6. Micko

    I was in Vincent’s for 5 days last week. Leg infection ( thought I had just pulled a muscle – sore as fook)

    I had to go in straight away. Stayed in a unit in a&e as I needed antibiotics via IV. First time ever in hospital.

    Staff and care I recieved were top notch. Couldn’t fault them. Food was grand. Not amazing, but then you’re sitting on yer arse all day, so you can do without your 2400 calories ;-)

    Also I’ve no health insurance.

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