Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (266)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

266. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the date on which the cut to the minor injury unit fee will come into effect; if the fee cut is temporary or permanent; if temporary, the date on which the cut will expire; the estimated cost of the measure; and the estimated full-year cost of implementing such a measure by year. [52430/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 248 of 2017) provides the legislative basis for the €100 charge currently levied by the HSE for out-patient services provided at a number of facilities, including an emergency department and a minor injury unit. Revised regulations are currently being drafted, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, to provide the legislative basis necessary to underpin the introduction of a lower charge for out-patient services provided at minor injury units and will be finalised as soon as possible.