Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (266)

Stephen Donnelly


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.