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(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has introduced a new insurance ‘loading’ system. Photograph: Frank Miller

Customers over the age of 35 will pay a 2 per cent per year penalty on their health insurance following the introduction of a new loading by Minist(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is time to “cut the apron strings” and let the VHI stand on its own two feet, Independent Senator Feargal Quinn said as he introduced legislation (...)

Senator Feargal Quinnn: says it is  untenable that  VHI  not subject to  same regulatory or solvency requirements as other health insurance providers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation to radically reform the health insurance sector will be debated in the Seanad next week. Independent Senator Feargal Quinn published(...)

The number of people covered by private health insurance has begun to fall again, new official figures show.At the end of March there were 2.031 milli(...)

Health insurance firm VHI is to cut the cost of covering children and students on some of its hospital plans by 50 per cent, as competition in the mar(...)

VHI has been given a deadline of May by which it must apply for authorisation from the Ce(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rift between Minister for Health Dr James Reilly and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin over universal health insurance as deta(...)

“It could be perceived that this Government is in cahoots with insurers in efforts to drive as many families as possible out of the health insurance market,’’ Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said. “More than 6,000 people a month are giving up private health insurance.’’

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he shared the wonder expressed by people as to why the cost of private health insurance was going up. “The Government has (...)

A graphic showing the average increases in VHI premiums since 2001.

The VHI was anxious to get out the message that its latest round of price increases will add around 3 per cent to the average cost of health insurance(...)