Is VHI pulling its weight on cost?

A large subsidy is on the way to the state-owned health insurer - but rivals say a leaner cost base would make this unnecessary, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
17th February, 2013
James Reilly: 'We need to examine why we are still paying what we pay.' Photo: Photocall/Tony O'Shea

A family of four will soon be paying almost €900 to subsidise older people with private health insurance. Most of that will make its way to the state-owned VHI. But just how cost-efficient is the health insurer itself?

The health insurance levy - leading to the €900 average charge - was introduced to subsidise insurers with older members. The VHI is the only net beneficiary of the levy as it has the vast majority of...

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