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Government must set out its plans for health insurance – Ó Caoláin

29 September, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the European Court ruling on the regulation of VHI, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on Health Minister James Reilly to set out the Government’s plans for health insurance, as well as the implications of this judgement for VHI policy-holders.

He said:

“Minister Reilly needs to make clear the implications of this European Court judgement for VHI policy-holders and for the overall funding of our health system. In the Dáil this week I asked Minister Reilly when the Government would publish the White Paper on Universal Health Insurance which was promised for early in the term of the new Government. He was unable to give me even a vague indication of when it might be published. He spoke of the Coalition’s promised health reforms taking ‘two terms of Government’.

“Minister Reilly now needs to set out his plans for health insurance and for the funding of healthcare as a matter of priority. The flawed insurance-based model of healthcare funding proposed – but not yet detailed – by this Fine Gael/Labour Coalition raises more questions than answers and there have been very few answers so far.” ENDS

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