VHI patients face new burden
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.
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.