Update on Public Consultation: Scope for Private Health Insurance to incorporate Additional Primary Care Services

On 22nd December 2014, the Department of Health commenced a public consultation on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services. The aim of the consultation was to examine the scope for private health insurers to cover a fuller range of services provided in primary care settings, with a view to creating incentives for a transfer of appropriate services from acute to primary care settings and to encourage the most effective use of resources. The original consultation discussion document set out the general background and some structured questions to help interested parties focus their submissions and is available here.

A total of 31 submissions were received as part of the consultation, including from private health insurers, General Practitioner representative and training organisations, pharmacy and private hospital representatives, employers and other interested parties. A copy of all of the submissions received is now available below.

Follow-up meetings with interested parties took place during March this year and the Department has considered all of the views submitted as part of the consultation process, with a view to identifying the capacity that exists for an appropriate expansion of services. An analysis document, which summarises the key themes arising from the consultation is now available here, together with a conclusion of the consultation process available here.

PHI Public Consultation on Primary Care РSubmissions Received 

1 Adelaide Health Foundation
2 Allcare Pharmacy Group
3 Asthma Society of Ireland
4 Alzheimer Society of Ireland
5 Aviva Health
6 Beacon Hospital
7 Blackrock Clinic
8 Boots Ireland
9 Centric Health and Global Diagnostics
10 Chatham House Group TCD
11 Glohealth
12 GP Buddy
13 GP Individuals
14 HSE – Orlaith O’Reilly
15 HSE – Siobhan Jennings
17 IBM Ireland
19 Irish Cancer Society
20 Irish Heart Foundation
21 Irish Hospice Foundation
22 Irish Medical Organisation
23 Irish Pharmacy Union
24 K Doc Kildare, West Wicklow Docs. On Call
25 Laya Healthcare
26 Mental Health Reform,
27 Primary Care Surgical Association
29 TCD HSE Training Scheme
30 The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)
31 VHI Healthcare