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Inpatient charges in public hospitals likely to be scrapped

Inpatient charges in public hospitals likely to be scrapped
28/09/2022 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD during Departmental Budget Press Conference's as part of Budget 2023 at Government Buildings, Dublin. Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos

The Minister for Health is looking at scrapping the charges for inpatients at public hospitals.

Admitted patients without a medical card or health insurance currently pay a bill of 80 euro per day.

There is a current annual cap on the charge of โ‚ฌ800 a year.

There have been previous calls on Government from charities and organisations as such to eliminate the charge.

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Minister Stephen Donnelly agrees with the idea of the abolition of charges for those who are poorly as he says it's an added strain.

The Minister is bringing a memo to Cabinet this morning, and he hopes they would be in place by April.

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