Insurance: Fears of further health insurance hikes

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office revealed that insurance costs accounted for almost 6 per cent of a typical household's overall spend, writes Emma Kennedy.

18th May, 2013
The first step to keeping your health insurance bill as low as possible is to ensure that you are paying only for the cover that you need.

A report published last week has warned that health insurance costs could rise by a further 30 per cent if the government pushes ahead with plans to charge privately-insured patients for using public beds.

Health insurance costs have already spiralled in the last couple of years, resulting in thousands of people cancelling their cover.

The report on the future of private health insurance, commissioned by Aviva and carried out by economist Colm McCarthy, questioned whether the...

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