Families seeking mortgage relief from the banks must not be forced into giving up their private health insurance as a prerequisite for a deal on their debt, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD.
Deputy Kelleher was reacting to reports that the new Personal Insolvency Service will require any families seeking debt forgiveness from their banks to forgo foreign holidays, Sky Sports and private health insurance.
“Private Health Insurance is not a luxury and cannot be used as a barrier to families seeking some debt forgiveness from their banks. Families that choose to purchase Health insurance should not be prevented from doing so as without it they would simply not be able to afford medical expenses. It will also put the health services under more pressure and will end up costing the taxpayer more.”
“It is vital that the Minister for Health insists that Private Health Insurance membership is not threatened or compromised. It is ridiculous to suggest that protecting your health can be seen as non-essential.
“Any doubt about this needs to removed immediately and I am calling on the Minister Reilly to clarify the situation.”