Means tests for home care in latest HSE cuts strategy

The HSE wants to means-test and charge patients to receive care in their homes and for therapies outside hospitals, and to extend the working week for its employees by two hours.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st September, 2012
James Reilly has been accused of 'going for soft targets' as he seeks to make cuts. Photo: PA

The HSE wants to means-test and charge patients to receive care in their homes and for therapies outside hospitals. It also wants to extend the working week for its employees by two hours, in order to help it manage its budget in 2013.

The proposals, which were tabled by the HSE board to the Department of Health in recent weeks, would see patients means-tested with those over a certain income or asset threshold co-paying for therapies...

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