Families to be hit with €700 health cover rise
Charges imposed on people with health insurance using public hospitals have been blamed for more medical cover premium rises.
Some families will be charged an extra €700 a year after Irish Life said it was increasing prices from January.
Irish Life Health boss Jim Dowdall said people using public hospitals were having charges imposed on their insurers, even when they do not get private treatment.
His comments came as it emerged that Irish Life Health is to increase prices by an average of 6pc from the start of next year, with some going up by 25pc.
The plans going up are old Aviva ones as Irish Life took over Aviva Health and GloHealth this year.
The increases would mean the popular Level 2 Hospital plan would be €700 more expensive for a family with two adults and two children from next year, said Dermot Goode of TotalHealthCover.ie.
A family renewing on the Select Plus plan will pay only an extra €6 a year. There is a price reduction for children on four more plans.
Mr Dowdall said the price increases were unavoidable given the 11pc increase in the number of claims in the past year.