Tuesday 19 September 2017

Colum Kenny: Shockingly expensive health cover isn't fit for purpose

The huge increases in VHI premiums will hit families with older children particularly hard, writes Colum Kenny

LAST week's whopping rise in VHI premiums has major implications for many Irish families, including my own. It hits families with children aged over 18 especially hard.

But if the rises are shocking, the absence yet again of a government minister to defend the news came as no surprise. Mary Harney was on holidays, and her government colleagues were "unavailable".

A family of two adults with two dependant children aged over 21 already faces an annual bill for VHI Plan B Option health insurance of at least €3,943.44. And that is after group scheme deductions and tax allowances. With the 45 per cent increase now being imposed, that bill will rise by €1,774.55 to at least €5,717.99.

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