Friday 9 December 2016

VHI patients face new burden

Published 30/11/2010 | 08:56

ANNUAL increases in private health insurance premiums are a burden with which subscribers are sadly familiar. In the country's present straitened circumstances, many have found them unaffordable and have dropped out of the system.

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Now those who are insured with the VHI could face another burden. The VHI is in negotiations with the private hospitals on fees. At issue is whether a hospital should pay an annual fee or base its charges on payment for each operation or course of treatment.

These procedures do not come cheap. A heart bypass costs €20,000, a course of treatment for breast cancer €30,000, treatment for prostate cancer €35,000.

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