Needing treatment: While the industry has grown, the public sector has been pressured

The provision of hospital services in Ireland is balanced between the public and private sector. Public-sector health-care services are provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE), which is predominantly funded through taxation, though the majority of patients are also required to make out-of-pocket payments for certain treatments. As a result, nearly half of Ireland's population has private health insurance, a proportion that has risen over the past five years as economic conditions have improved.Ireland's ageing population has increased pressures on public hospitals as funding has failed to increase in line with the growing need for health more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers have increasingly turned to private health-care services to avoid waiting for treatments
  • Growing staff shortages have increased the industry's reliance on temporary agency staff
  • Plans to provide primary care for free, funded by taxation, have been poorly received
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    DublinCounty Dublin accounts for the largest share of hospitals in Ireland, with 32.6% of establishments located in the region. This outstrips Dublin's 27.6% share of the population. The city is home to a number of academic institutions and affiliated teaching hospitals such as St James' Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.The South WestThe South West is Ireland's second most populous region, with much of the population concentrated in Cork and the surrounding area. IBISWorld estimates that 18.4% of hospitals are located in this region. The local population is also older than the national average, with approximately 12.5% of the population aged 65 and over. This increases demand for hospital services...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Hospitals Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Hospitals Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Economies of scale
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Population aged 65 years and over and Public healthcare expenditure in the Hospitals industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Hospitals in Ireland Industry?

    Industry players provide medical, diagnostic and treatment services at both general and specialised hospitals. General hospitals include civilian and military hospitals, not-for-profit operations, and university and prison hospitals. Specialised hospitals include mental health and substance abuse hospitals, hospitals for infectious diseases, maternity hospitals and sanatoriums. Medical nursing homes and ambulance transport services are not part of the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Public hospitals
  • Private hospitals
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing medical and paramedical services
  • Providing laboratory and technical facilities, including radiology and anaesthetic services
  • Providing accident and emergency services
  • Provision of operating room services, pharmacy services, and other hospital facilities
  • Providing family planning
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Population aged 65 years and over
  • Public healthcare expenditure
  • Private healthcare expenditure
  • Number of births

  • Current Performance
    Funding pressuresStaff shortagesPrivate hospitals
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Reform initiativesTechnological investmentAbortion in Ireland
  • Table: Hospitals Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Hospitals Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Insurance in Ireland
  • General Medical Practices in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Employment Placement Agencies in Ireland
  • Medical & Dental Instrument Manufacturing in Ireland
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations Manufacturing in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Private hospitals
  • Public hospitals
  • Chart: Hospitals Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged between 15 and 64
  • Children less than one year old
  • People aged between one and 14
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Hospitals Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Hospitals

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Hospitals Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Health Service Executive,
  • Table: Health Service Executive - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Hospitals Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Hospitals Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The Heath Service Executive - Ireland's national provider of public health and social care.
  • Inpatient
  • A patient that is admitted to hospital and stays overnight or for longer.
  • Outpatient
  • A patient who is not hospitalised overnight but visits a hospital, clinic or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment.
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