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(...)

Health insurance: more than 500,000 people will be renewing their cover in the weeks ahead. Illustration: Thinkstock

Why is health insurance back in the news?It is rarely out of the headlines, and it is not hard to see why. More than 500,000 people will be renewing t(...)

The report said that lower-cost plans were being marketed to lower-risk groups

Health insurers are continuing to adopt strategies to segment and select profitable business by putting in place differential pricing for targeted gro(...)

The Department of Health told insurers that Minister for Health James Reilly had decided to stick with controversial proposed new rates for private patients treated in public hospital to come into force from the beginning of next year.

The number of people covered by private health insurance is continuing to fall, new figures released by the regulator for the sector show.The Health I(...)

Dr James Reilly:  decided to stick with proposed new rates for private patients treated in public hospital from the beginning of next year  which would see insurers charged €1,000 a night for subscribers accommodated in a single room in a public teaching hospital

Health insurers have warned that subscribers will face even higher increases in premiums from January on foot of a Government announcement on private (...)

Over the weekend, Minister for Health James Reilly  chose attack as the best form of defence in two policy areas. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Since long before the break-up of the old health boards, the Department of Health has struggled to develop a cogent vision of how health services shou(...)

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