Private Healthcare: New Act 'works against universal health insurance'

Independent hospitals group claims legislation will see insured patients charged for care they are entitled to as citizens, writes Margaret O'Brien.

12th October, 2013
Catherine Whelan, chief executive of the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland.

The recently passed Health (Amendment) Act 2013 has caused upset and frustration within the healthcare insurance and independent private hospital sectors.

Catherine Whelan, chief executive of the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland (IHAI), which represents Ireland's 21 independent hospitals, claimed that the Act, which enables public hospitals to charge private health insurers for public beds occupied by insured patients, ''works contrary to both the aims and building blocks of universal health insurance''.

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