Stakes raised in health-insurance row

Risk equalisation has dominated the headlines this Christmas. While it will have little immediate effect on the two million people in Ireland with private health insurance, the eventual outcome is likely to have a significant impact on policy holders

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st December, 2005

Risk equalisation has dominated the headlines this Christmas. While it will have little immediate effect on the two million people in Ireland with private health insurance, the eventual outcome is likely to have a significant impact on policy holders, health insurers and the developers of planned private hospitals.

Bupa has repeatedly threatened to leave the Irish market if risk equalisation is implemented. It has also signalled that it may withdraw before a final determination is...

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