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Insurers to stump up public cost

Health insurers will have to pay for all private patients who end up in a public hospital under moves proposed by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. At present only 20 per cent of beds in public h

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
18th December, 2011
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Insurers will have to pay for all private patients in public hospitals. Photo: Press 22

Health insurers will have to pay for all private patients who end up in a public hospital under moves proposed by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. At present only 20 per cent of beds in public hospitals are deemed private or semi-private and, therefore, chargeable.

Roughly half the population has health insurance, and about half of people who go into hospital emergency departments are private patients. They will all be billable irrespective of whether they...

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