Monday 25 September 2017

Insurers urged to give more GP cover

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

PATIENTS with private health insurance, who need a procedure such as an ingrown toenail removed, should be covered to have it done by their GP rather than in hospital, according to Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

He was commenting on a consultation process launched to hear the views of all sides on proposals have health insurers give more cover to subscribers for GP care, rather than paying out of their pocket.

"There are no plans to require anyone to have insurance and therefore it will not involve any change to the law," said Mr Varadkar in response to concerns by the Irish Medical Organisation.

"This initiative relates to people who do not have medical cards and now have to pay their GP the full cost of visits and procedures out of pocket. The Government is looking for ways in which more people can get better value from health insurance if they chose to have it. This would involve more people being re-imbursed for GP visits and procedures by their insurers."

Irish Independent

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