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Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 4.06 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 5 Iúil 2022. The Dáil adjourned at 4.06 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: People Before Profit welcomes this Bill. It is quite progressive, as is the contraception scheme. Outpatient charges are not conducive to Sláintecare whatsoever. I think the Minister would agree with that. Most people listening will be asking themselves why we pay inpatient charges in the first place. This is welcome but there is a long way still to go. Children who attend the...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Do we know how much they collected?

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: Sorry?

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Do we know how much of the €1.3 million-----

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: The €1.3 million was spent by the HSE on debt collectors.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: How much did the debt collectors collect?

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: I am trying to get that information. It would be very interesting to see how much money they actually gathered.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It would.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: Charges should be abolished, full stop. The amount of bureaucracy that goes into this, between paying debt collectors and the administrative work involved in inpatient fees, is not efficient. This is in the context of the cost-of-living crisis many families are going through. This Bill is welcome so people will have to access healthcare and so forth. It is welcome that this is happening...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank all Deputies for their contributions. It has been a very useful debate. I have taken several notes and the officials and I will work to go through some of the thinking and some of the suggestions, particularly in the context of the upcoming budget. The programme for Government sets out the pathway for expanded access to healthcare. This is all with the singular purpose of...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: I welcome the Bill, which provides for certain exemptions from charges for acute inpatient services, particularly for children younger than 16 in all public hospitals and for persons who have chosen to avail of private acute inpatient services. When enacted, this legislation will ease the financial burden of parents and guardians when bringing their child to hospital for inpatient care and...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Paul Donnelly: I welcome the Bill to exempt certain groups, including children under 16 years of age, from statutory charges for inpatient and day care services in public hospitals. I am sure this will be a welcome relief for hard-pressed families given the increase in the cost of living in all other aspects of life but it needs to go much further. The fact that these charges were introduced in the first...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We will go to Deputy Ó Murchú for a perspective from County Louth.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I agree that a lot of people use dramatic language about the health service. We all know how difficult the work in the health service can be. Sometimes that is down to the weaknesses that exist there but it is not to take away from those who work in it. All of us and our families have received great care there but we also know about the issues with waiting lists and we know about the...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy is wandering a little away from the subject matter of the Bill.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: -----under severe pressure but the Minister had met-----

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy is taking advantage of my gentle nature.

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: -----some of those families and they had spoken about the fact that they needed a mechanism to provide them with the necessary answers. We always look for a public inquiry but the Taoiseach and others have talked about the type of inquiry they do not want. We need to see what sort of inquiry the Government will come up and we need it as soon as possible. I apologise greatly-----

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