Written answers

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Photo of Chris AndrewsChris Andrews (Dublin Bay South, Sinn Fein)
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844. To ask the Minister for Health the reason some insurance companies are refusing to provide health insurance to persons who become ill as a result of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine; if companies can refuse to provide insurance for this reason to persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21141/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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I am not aware of the issue which the Deputy has raised. Insurers are required under open enrolment regulations to provide health insurance cover to anyone, subject to waiting periods, and insurers cannot refuse cover to a customer who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 or is experiencing side effects from an approved Covid-19 vaccine. My officials have enquired with industry stakeholders and have been told that health insurers are not refusing cover or refusing to pay for the treatment of customers following Covid-19 vaccination. If the Deputy would like to provide details of a specific instance where this may have taken place, my officials will look into the matter further.


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