Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has expressed concern at the latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority which reveal that more than 1,600 a week dropped health insurance policies during the first quarter of 2014. Year on year 47,000 gave up health insurance.
Deputy Kelleher said, “The figures show that there were 2,031,000 private health insurance in-patient plans in March 2014. This compares to 2,215,000 in March 2011, culminating in a fall of 184,000 during Minister Reilly’s time in office.
“The Minister who wants to make health insurance compulsory is twiddling his thumbs while the existing market declines rapidly.
“Furthermore, under Minister Reilly’s tenure the market has become more unbalanced in terms of age profile, with the haemorrhage of younger, healthier policy holders threatening the sustainability of private insurance by generating further upward pressure on health insurance premiums for those who remain.”
“Between the tax changes announced in the last budget and the subsequent increase in the levy brought in by Minister Reilly all the government has done is exacerbate the problem”, concluded Deputy Kelleher.