Private maternity costs soar as mothers opt for public care

The cost of private and semi-private care at Dublin maternity hospitals has soared, with Holles Street more than doubling its non-refundable deposit from €500 to €1,200.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st September, 2012
The cost of semi-private or private maternity care has risen as more patients choose to go public. Photo: Thinkstock

The cost of private and semi-private care at Dublin maternity hospitals has soared in recent years with Holles Street more than doubling its non-refundable deposit from €500 in 2010 to €1,200 today.

The Rotunda charges semi-private patients a non-refundable deposit of €1,200, up from €800 in 2009. The Coombe levies a €1,048 fee but, unlike the other hospitals, that does not cover the cost of ultrasound scans.

Women having a baby can attend hospital as a public,...

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