Saturday 29 April 2017

HSE has been milking the private patient cash cow at our expense

'The HSE says it no longer designates 'private' and 'public' beds and says everyone gets the same treatment in hospital' (stock photo)
'The HSE says it no longer designates 'private' and 'public' beds and says everyone gets the same treatment in hospital' (stock photo)
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

News that eight in 10 patients arriving into public hospitals with private health insurance so their insurers can be charged for their care comes as no surprise to me.

I wasn't even offered a form when my father was taken by ambulance to A&E earlier this year after collapsing at home.

A previous patient of the same hospital, his records already marked him down as 'private', and, to be honest, in the maelstrom of shock, panic and worry when a loved one is suddenly taken ill, the very last thing you think about is pieces of paper waved in front of you.

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