Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (351)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

353 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the savings to the Exchequer which would be made by applying charges based on the full economic cost for the use of beds in public and voluntary hospitals in the State for the purposes of private medical practice. [35747/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Since 1 January 2012 the charges for patients who chose to be treated on a private basis in public hospitals have increased by between 3% and 5% depending on the category of hospital. The increase in charges is in keeping with the long-standing policy of moving towards recovering the full economic cost of providing treatment to private patients in public hospitals. It is anticipated that the increased charges will yield additional revenue in the region of €18 million in 2012. The current 2012 charges and the 2011 charges are set out in the following table.

2012 & 2011 Charges for Private Patients in Public Hospitals

Hospital Category

Private Accommodation

Semi-Private Accommodation

Day-care

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

1

HSE Regional Hospitals, Voluntary & Joint Board Teaching Hospitals

€1,046

€1,017

€933

€889

€753

€732

2

HSE County Hospitals, Voluntary Non-Teaching Hospitals

€819

€789

€730

€693

€586

€564

3

HSE District Hospitals

€260

€260

€222

€222

€193

€193