Private Health Insurance Unit

Functions and Responsibilities

The Department’s role is to promote a sustainable health insurance market and to consider and implement any regulatory changes that may be required to support the market. Since his appointment as Minister for Health, stabilisation of the health insurance market and increasing the numbers holding health insurance is one of the Minister’s key priorities. The Minister continues to focus his efforts on ensuring the market is balanced across all ages to maintain the long term viability of a competitive health insurance market where cover is affordable for all those who wish to avail of it. This includes:

  • Development of policy supports to achieve this
  • Primary and secondary amending legislation
  • Corporate Governance on relation to the VHI and the Health Insurance Authority