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Public in-patient hospital charges for children under 16 to be abolished


Minister James Browne.

Minister James Browne.

Minister James Browne.


IN-PATIENT hospital charges for children under 16 years of age are to be abolished from today.

Wexford TD, Minister James Browne welcomed the measure and confirmed that from this morning charges for children under 16 attending Wexford General Hospital and all public hospitals will be done away with.

The Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No.2) Act 2022 removes the acute public in-patient charge of €80 per day (including day-case charges) for children under 16 years of age in all public hospitals.

Commenting that he and his Government colleagues are committed to providing accessible, affordable and good quality health services, Min Brown said: “From today, children under 16 will no longer be charged when accessing public in-patient care as a patient in our public hospitals. This significant change to healthcare provision in Ireland aims to ease the financial burden for parents or guardians when bringing their child to hospital for in-patient care.”

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He said that amid the ever increasing cost-of-living challenges faced by people all over the country  today’s changes are reflective of a commitment by the Government towards affordability, saying: “It will make our public hospitals free for children when they require access to treatment as a public patient.”