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# Health Insurance

Last year
2022
# Poll
Poll: Do you have private health insurance?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at healthcare in Ireland and we want to hear from you.
# Insurance
VHI to return money to customers as number of claims remains lower than expected due to pandemic
Customers will receive a return ranging from €75 to €300 per adult and from €25 to €100 per child.
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Voices
Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?
Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy looks at the impact private insurance has had on our the whole system and asks if it is a help or a hindrance.
# Coronavirus
People advised not to make changes to health insurance as Covid-19 deal is arranged with private hospitals
Private hospitals will act as part of the public health system for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the exact details are yet to be confirmed.
# Health Insurance
Consultants say removing private care from public hospitals is ignoring 'the elephant in the room'
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said capacity issues need to be urgently addressed.
Voices
Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card
Since 2012 there has been a 66% increase in the number of people with no private or public health cover, writes Feilim O’Rourke.
# Medical Cards
How access to health services differs if you've private insurance or are 'in the twilight zone'
Ireland’s two-tiered system contributes to the type of service patients receive, even from public providers, a new report has found.
# Hospitals
Ireland spends €20 billion per year on healthcare, here's where the money goes
There was a 10% increase in health expenditure between 2011 and 2016.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have health insurance?
About 100,000 people have taken out health insurance in recent years to beat ‘age loadings’.
Voices
Column: 'Those who beat the health insurance penalty deadline are at risk of overpaying'
Health insurance is expensive enough so don’t pay any more than you have to, writes Dermot Goode.
# Price Drop
VHI is bringing its prices down by an average of 5.5%
The reductions kick in on 1 March.
# premiums
Customers will be able to take a 6 month break from their health insurance without being penalised
The approval of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 today will result in better value for those who have private health insurance.
# Competitive
VHI set to cut the price of health insurance on 26 of its plans
The changes are to take effect from 1 November.
# Insurance
'It has a profound impact': Insurance companies cancel policies over minor non-disclosures
Ireland’s financial services watchdog has said companies need to ask questions in a clear manner when customers sign up.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have health insurance?
Older people often pay more as they’re less likely to shop around.
# Shop Around
Older people overpaying €1,000 for health insurance as they're 'afraid to switch plan'
At least two in every five policyholders are on “dated and hugely overpriced plans”.
Voices
'When doctors and their loved ones are patients in hospital, the health insurance form tends to get signed'
The delivery of hospital care is not quite the same for those without health insurance, writes an Irish consultant.
# the small print
Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital
Signing up for private health care where none is available increases your bill ten times, and sometimes the situation can be even worse.
# Price increase
Got health insurance? The cost is likely to be increasing from April
Health Minister Simon Harris has asked insurance companies not to pass on the increased cost to customers.
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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Ireland In 2016?
We’re going to put you to the test.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think private health insurance is worth the money?
Around 46% of the Irish population have private health insurance.
# Health Insurance
This tax measure brought in €57m more than expected, but was it fair?
A cap on tax relief on health insurance brought in €151 million.
# UHI
'Taoiseach, you will say anything to get elected, the truth does not matter'
Enda Kenny faced a grilling today during Leaders’ Questions.
# On the up
Do you have a health insurance with Laya Healthcare? It could be going up
Ireland’s second largest health insurer Laya Healthcare is hiking up its prices for some of its policies.
# tough nut to crack
Is Universal Health Insurance really going to happen? Don't hold your breath
Insurance expert Dermot Goode says that with the best will in the world the utopia of universal health care remains “5 to 10 years away, minimum”.
# ReillyCare
Is Leo ditching universal health insurance altogether?
The Health Minister still wants universal healthcare but maybe not in the way James Reilly envisioned.
# the big deadline
Here’s what you need to know about the health insurance changes
The LCR deadline is midnight tomorrow – and providers have been reporting a rush to the phones as people sign up
# sure it'll be grand
People without medical cards are avoiding doctors like the plague
Although hopefully most of them don’t actually have the plague.
# off their trolleys
Are new health insurance rules 'insane'? Here's what we learned today...
The head of the private health insurance regulator made some alarming comments this morning.
Doctors warn insurance companies off their turf
The Irish Medical Organisation has called on the government to call a halt to insurance companies introducing such services.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have health insurance ... or did you ditch it after the downturn?
The issue’s back in the news today. But how much do you know about your health insurance policy?
# Boston
'My daughter died because she didn't have health insurance'
Bridget Glynn has shared her family’s story in the hope it will help others.
# Prime Numbers
Twink, Superquinn sausages, Irish Water, and punts: Ireland by numbers in 2014
How many pigs are in Ireland? How many people are paid minimum wage? So many questions…
# Health Insurance
Allianz is creating dozens of jobs in Dublin (again)
The health insurer has announced 100 new positions at its Dublin offices.
# Prime Numbers
Frozen, Morning Ireland, and the C word: The week in numbers
Plus: How many new cars have been sold in Ireland so far this year?
# New Law
Did you have to give up your health insurance? Here's how Leo Varadkar wants to help
The Minister has announced how he will address the increase in premiums for private health insurance.
# everybody freeze
What do people think of Leo's big plan to tackle health insurance?
The recently-installed health minister wants companies to freeze their prices. But can his big idea work? Here’s what people think of it…
# Insurance
Over-35s to face penalty on first-time health insurance policies
The move is designed to bring younger customers into the market.
# SICK ABROAD
More than 200 million people in Europe bring one of these cards on holidays
More than 8 million citizens carried a card in 2013 compared to the previous year.
# In Good Health
Vhi announces after-tax surplus of €65 million, but can't rule out premium increases
The company also announced that it had finalised a reinsurance deal with Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.