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Public Consultation – on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services

The Department of Health announces public consultation on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services.

The Department of Health today, Monday 22nd December 2014, commenced a public consultation on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services.

The Government has emphasised the importance of developing primary care services, including those provided by general practitioners, and the Minister for Health would now like to consult with interested parties on the scope for private health insurers to cover a fuller minimum range of services provided by GPs in primary care settings.

In particular, the Minister wishes to consider how the current emphasis on acute hospital care within private health insurance contracts can be addressed, with a view to increasing the type and prevalence of primary care treatments and the provision of care in the community, including chronic disease management.

The Consultation Process:   

The Department wishes to receive views on this issue and welcomes the comments of interested individuals, organisations and groups. A consultation discussion document sets out the general background and some structured questions to help interested parties focus their submissions and is available here. Submissions should be no more than ten pages and can be submitted as follows:

By E-mail to: phiconsultation@health.gov.ie

By Post to:

PHI Public Consultation

PHI Unit
Department of Health
Room 4.24
Hawkins House
Hawkins Street
Dublin 2

The closing date for submissions is 31st January 2015 and it is intended to hold discussions with interested parties in early February 2015.