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# Health Insurance

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Another 21,000 people stopped their private health insurance in Q1
45.3 per cent of the population is now covered by private insurance – down from a peak of 50.9 per cent.
Charging private patients for public beds will drive up premiums by 25% - report
Insurance companies are worried about the decline in young people enrolling as the costs of insuring those over 60 are considerably higher.
Changes to health insurance system won't mean 15pc hike - government
It had been reported that changes in how the State charges insurers for public beds could send premiums even higher.
Vhi international pays out over €6.6 million in 2012
The insurance company paid out €4.1 million in medical and hospital cases, and €330,000 in maternity claims.
Column: Competition in our health system – it’s time for that debate
There are many reasons why competition in the healthcare sector will not work in the same way as it does in markets for other goods and services, says Brian Turner – who asks if more competition would mean better value.
IMO to review circumstances of McNeice's €10m pension
The former chief executive of the Irish Medical Organisation departs with a €10 million pension which has been halved following negotiations.
Laya Healthcare rejects comments by Reilly about targeted age groups
In a speech today Reilly said the insurance provider targets younger, more profitable customers rather than the more expensive, older customer”.
One in three families plan to give up private healthcare
In 2012, 64,000 people dropped their health cover.
Numbers with private health insurance fall by 64,000 in 2012
Just under 2.1 million were covered by private policies at the end of 2012, a fall of nearly 3 per cent over the year.
Government urged to use VHI shareholding to negotiate consultant fee reduction
An average of 6,000 people leave the private health insurance market every month and Fianna Fáil said there is little incentive for young people to take it on.
Aviva to increase insurance premiums by 4 per cent
The company said it has minimised increases on all plans and there are no increases on many of our entry level plans.
Laya healthcare to increase premiums in April amid 'healthcare crisis'
The managing director of the company, Dónal Clancy, said that Ireland’s healthcare market needed “radical reform”.
Risk Equalisation Scheme made permanent after EU approval
The scheme came into effect on 1 January 2013.
Here are the new measures to be included in the Finance Bill
Much of the Bill gives effect to measures announced in Budget 2013 – but there are also some new parts.
Vhi confirms further price increases
Premium costs will rise from next month.
Poll: Do you have health insurance?
VHI is reported to be announcing another price increase today as the number of those with private healthcare falls. Do you have health insurance?
Oireachtas agenda: Health insurance, European jobs and new abortion law?
This evening James Reilly will lead Dáil statements on the report of the Expert Group into the A, B and C ruling.
Government plans free GP care by 2015, universal insurance by 2016
James Reilly unveils a programme of ambitious reform in the health sector – saying he’ll need two terms to totally finish it up.
Health insurers call for levy to be scrapped for children's policies
Representatives from all four health insurers told an Oireachtas committee it could help to save a struggling industry.
VHI prices set to rise next month
The company said the fact that people are living longer with chronic illnesses and the rising cost of public hospitals were the main factors contributing to the increase.
Health insurance set to rise - but no-one knows by how much
Three months before the risk equalisation scheme is due to come into effect, it remains unknown as to what impact it will have on private health insurance premiums.
Medals, meat and dirty diamonds: the week in numbers
How much is Ireland’s stash of Paralympic medals worth? And how much does the ‘typical’ debs cost?
Health insurance: Numbers covered fell again in second quarter
The latest data from the Health Insurance Authority show that the numbers covered fell by 16,000 between March and June.
VHI welcomes EU proposal to abolish its state guarantee
The proposal from the EU Commission said VHI’s state protection gave it an unfair advantage over its competitors.
Poll: Do you have health insurance?
As another company enters the Irish health insurance market, we’re asking: do you have insurance?
New health insurer to create jobs and competition
GloHealth is Ireland’s fourth health insurer.
HIA: 1,000 people a week dropping health insurance
The Health Insurance Authority has warned of a cycle of increased premiums causing more customers to cancel policies, resulting in premiums rising further.
Health Minister confirms 76k fall in those with health insurance
Less than half of the Irish population now have private health insurance cover, the Minister confirmed in the Dáil last week.
Newly-rebranded Laya Healthcare to create 100 jobs
The former Quinn Healthcare will create the positions over three years as part of a renewed investment.
Quinn Healthcare announces name change
The company is abandoning the name of Seán Quinn, its bankrupt former owner whose finances have been the subject of controversy.
US Supreme Court begins hearings on controversial 'Obamacare' plan
A ruling is not expected until June – at which point Obama will be knees-deep in a bitter re-election campaign.
VHI reports annual after-tax profit of €7.4 million
The health insurer’s profits compare to after-tax losses of €3.1 million in 2010 and €41.7 million in 2009.
Prime numbers: The week in stats
Some people retiring, some people quitting, others starting new jobs, and some getting through an awful lot of printer ink…
Barack Obama condemns US radio host for 'slut' comments
Rush Limbaugh said a law student who called for contraception to be state-funded was a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
Less than half of Irish population have health insurance cover
New figures from the Health Insurance Authority show that 47 per cent of the population are covered by inpatient health insurance.
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Expert group to examine universal health insurance proposal
The scheme will transform Ireland’s healthcare into a “single-tier” system, the Department of Health said.