Two patients are lying on trollies in casualty in a public hospital. One has health insurance and the other doesn’t. There are no private beds availab(...)

Private patients occupying public beds will be charged up to €1,122 a night in place of the existing charge of €75, under legislation published by the Department of Health yesterday.

Health insurance premiums are set to rise by over 30 per cent by the end of the year on foot of Government plans to charge private patients the (...)