The falling numbers of families with private health insurance and the rising costs across the sector is a vicious cycle being driven by a failed policy being pursued by the Government, Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said.
Responding to a survey from the Health Insurance Authority Deputy Kelleher commented, “The private health insurance market now covers the same number of people as it did in the middle of 2006 and the HIA is estimated that as many as 75,000 more people may be forced out of the market because of rising prices and personal financial difficulties. This is a damning indictment of the Government’s policy and show the need for an urgent rethink by Minister Reilly.
“The overwhelming reason put forward by people who have had to cancel their insurance policy is the cost of the premium, followed by job losses and an employer no longer providing health insurance. The HIA survey shows people see health insurance as a necessity rather than a luxury and that they feel cover is required for quicker access to healthcare.
“Minister Reilly’s policies are continuing to impact significantly on the health insurance market. The Health Insurance Authority report speaks for itself. The Government is presiding over the complete disintegration of private health cover for thousands of families across the country and heaping extra pressure on the public hospital system with many hospitals already at breaking point.”