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(...)

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(...)

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