Harney prepares overhaul of health insurance market

A major shake-up of the health insurance market is imminent, involving new measures to protect older subscribers and an early investment of state cash in the VHI.

15th May, 2010

A major shake-up of the health insurance market is imminent, involving new measures to protect older subscribers and an early investment of state cash in the VHI.

The plan, to be brought to cabinet shortly by health minister Mary Harney, will aim to underpin the community rating system under which older health insurance subscribers pay the same as younger ones.

Ministers fear that the market is becoming unstable, as insurers target younger subscribers who make...

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