Government piled money into the health service during the celtic tiger years.Compulsory health insurance and privatisation of health care has been an absolute disaster for the Netherlands - the average cost per family is now more than €7,000 per year and half the hospitals in the country are on the verge of bankruptcy. Similarly in Germany where the state has regularly to bail out bankrupt hospitals. Healthcare in France is funded by national health insurance.
You claim that Irish health care is 'well-funded by EU standards' - to start with it is not - but even if it was it wouldn't make up for the gross under-investment in health care since the foundation of the state. And the NHS isn't a 'socialist' model - it is a capitalist welfare state model.
And at the end of the day you point the finger at 'overpaid and overpensioned staff' - just drive down wages and all will be right with the world. This is the same staff that will be risking their lives to try and save your life if you end up in hospital as a critical patient from covid19 infection. When you get there go and tell them that they are over-paid and over pensioned and see how they react to you. I have a much better idea - a 10% wealth tax on the richest 300 people in the country would increase investment in health care by 50% - then we could see a dramatic improvement in the trolley crisis and every other aspect of health care in the country.
money never made it to the sick. So money is only part of the problem.
65% of Irish people have free health care, even worthless junkies are given it.
The rest of the population get subsidised healthcare.