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'Too early to say' if those who have health cover will get refunds: VHI

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Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Health insurers have said it is too early to say if people with cover will be refunded premiums due to the State taking over the private hospitals.

The Government has said the private hospitals will become part of the public system for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. This will effectively render private health insurance useless.

Asked if this would mean the two million people with health cover will get refunds, Vhi said it was seeking more detail on the takeover of the 19 private hospitals and clinics.