Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Questions (289)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

289. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health if there are circumstances in which a public patient (details supplied) can be assisted with funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43033/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health Act 1970 (as amended) all persons ordinarily resident in the State are eligible for public health services provided by or on behalf of the HSE on a full or limited eligibility basis.

When a patient opts to avail of health services from a private provider, the relationship between the patient and the provider is a private contractual matter. The current public health eligibility framework provides no basis for funding private patient charges incurred by a patient in these circumstances.