The intention is that loading  will stay in place until a universal health insurance structure is in place, but the  rates will be reviewed by the Health Insurance Authority in 2017

I will be 35 on May 1st so I expect that if I take a health policy out after that date, I will have a loading of 2 per cent of the premium per year ab(...)

Healthcare professionals will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for universal health insurance. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Healthcare professionals rather than insurance firms will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for univers(...)

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Have you been faithful to a health insurer for more than two years? If the answer is yes, there’s a very good chance you’re paying well over the od(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  said his health insurance proposals build on Budget measures which included a freeze on hospital bed charges, and no decrease in the relievable amount for tax relief purposes.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced a series of measures designed to tackle the problem of rising health insurance premiums.The package inc(...)

The report reveals that according to data provided by  the Health Insurance Authority, the average cost of claims paid per insured person fell by 2 per cent between 2012 and 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health insurers should not be obliged to provide cover for all public hospitals, a new report to be launched today by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar(...)

 Premier Lotteries Ireland has been holding seminars to train retail agents on how to use the new Photon ticket terminals.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The big switch to a new-look National Lottery will take place next month or in December. The lottery’s new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI),(...)

Liam Sloyan will take up his new post as lottery regulator next month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Compliance consultant Liam Sloyan has been appointed the National Lottery’s first ever regulator, a position that may eventually evolve into t(...)

Health minister Leo Varadkar: said that when he received the costings, they would know what it would cost the exchequer, employers and individuals and they could take the debate from there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Initial costings on universal health insurance should be available in the first quarter of next year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil.(...)

With the cost of private health insurance continuing to rise at a seemingly inexorable pace, it is no surprise that more and more people are opting ou(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar orders a cost review  of the controversial policy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has cast further doubt on the Government’s plan to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) by ordering a major re(...)