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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

Published 09/01/2011 | 05:00

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.

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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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