Sickened over health cover
Published 29/01/2011 | 05:00
OUR health insurers are rapidly becoming as unpopular with the public as the country's banks. The latest cause of ire is the decision by Aviva to impose across-the-board price increases of 14pc, despite the company reassuring the public just three weeks ago that such a move wasn't on the agenda.
The move followed crippling price increases of up to 45pc announced by VHI, the country's largest health insurer, earlier this month. Most observers expect the third player in the market, Quinn Healthcare, to raise prices soon also.
These moves fuel public anger for three reasons. One is the sheer scale of the rise when general inflation is running at a puny 1.3pc.