Insurance exodus adds to public system burden - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has said increasing private insurance premiums will put further pressure on the already overstretched public health system and calls into question Minister James Reilly's proposed model of universal health insurance.
Speaking in response to claims that changes in the government health insurance levy will lead to increases in the order of 15% to premium costs Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“The exodus from private health insurance, which has been a feature of recent years, adds greatly to the burden on our public health services. The promise of increased premiums will surely further deteriorate the situation, lengthening waiting lists and restricting access.
“Furthermore, the latest response from private health insurers raises serious questions about Minister James Reilly’s plan to deliver universal healthcare through multiple competing insurers.
“It is not acceptable that the default position is to pass the full cost of the extra burden on to policy holders. Not withstanding increasing government charges, they have always shown themselves utterly incapable of keeping costs down.”