FINE Gael Cork South Central TD and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the decision of VHI Healthcare to cover the PET-CT scanner at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
FINE Gael Cork South Central TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has been informed by the VHI that it hopes to shortly conclude its review of an application to cover the PET/CT scanner at CUH. [Read more...]
FIANNA Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said the Minister for Health is in complete denial about the crisis facing the private health insurance market and the impact price increases is going to have on the public hospital system.
Deputy Kelleher said, “Tens of thousands of people simply being forced out of private cover in the New Year.
“As a direct result of the policies being pursued by Minister Reilly private health insurers are increasing their premiums significantly.
“Quinn, VHI and Aviva have all announced increases and more increases across a range of health plans are expected from the VHI again in the New Year.
“There is a need for choice and competition in the provision of private health care services in Cork.
“When the existing private hospital in Cork has plans to expand it would suggest that there is a need for more private beds.