Written answers

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Department of Health and Children

Hospital Charges

9:00 pm

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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Question 146: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason the €100 charge for admission to public hospital out-patient departments, casualty or accident and emergency departments applies to people receiving treatment for diabetes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16898/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
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The Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008, provide for a statutory charge of €100 for attendance at Accident and Emergency Departments. This charge is levied only for persons who attend at Accident and Emergency Departments without a referral note from their doctor and applies only for the first visit of any episode of care. This applies to everyone receiving treatment in a public hospital with the exception of, inter alia, persons with full eligibility, women receiving services in respect of motherhood, children up to the age of six weeks and children suffering from prescribed long term diseases.

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