Don Gallagher

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Despite the rapid rise in the cost of health insurance, just one in five of those with health insurance say they regularly “shop around” for the best deal, with respondents citing “too much hassle/paper work” and “couldn’t be bothered” as two of the reasons for not doing so.

“Skipping queues” and getting better access to services, are two of the main reasons people fork out upwards of €600 a year for private health insura(...)

Hulk-like transformation: Pat Kenny in his studio at Newstalk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, the old saying goes, and it’s sound advice. Unless you’re being i(...)

 Don Gallagher, chief executive of the Health Insurance Authority, with MInister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentThe Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after its chief executi(...)

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