Written Answers. - Health Insurance.

Paul McGrath

Question:

261 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the increases in VHI premiums which were sanctioned by his Department since 1 July 1997; and the comparable cost assuming a unit cost of ?100 at that time. [19261/03]

The setting of premium charges is the responsibility of the VHI board. The legislation requires the board to set premiums at a level sufficient to cover costs and make such allowance for reserves as it thinks proper. The board is, however, obliged to notify the Minister in advance of putting its increases into effect and the Minister may prevent the introduction of an increase. Since 1 July 1997, the following premium increases were implemented by the VHI board in accordance with the statutory provisions and, as requested by the Deputy, a unit cost of €100 is assumed at that date.

%

1 September 1997

109

9

1 September 1998

118.81

9

1 September 1999

129.98

9.4

1 February 2001

138.10

6.25

1 September 2001

150.53

9

1 September 2002

177.63

18

Question No. 262 answered with Question No. 255.