Written answers

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Photo of Matt CarthyMatt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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1702. To ask the Minister for Health the date on which a charge was applied for non-general practitioner referral attendance at the minor injuries' unit at Monaghan Hospital; the levels of charges that have applied since; if he will request the HSE to reduce or remove this fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1363/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

However, the Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 2019 provides that, subject to certain exemptions, a charge shall be made for out-patient services provided at designated centers including an emergency department (€100) and a minor injury unit (€75). These exemptions include a person with a medical card, a person who has a letter of referral from a registered medical practitioner and a person whose attendance results in admission as an in-patient.

Where care is provided in the public hospital system in an outpatient setting (other than services provided in certain designated centers including an Emergency Department or Minor Injury Unit) no charge is liable.


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