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National Treatment Purchase Fund

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 20 September 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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Brendan Griffin

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496 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health the way the average figure for the cost of a nursing home bed through the National Treatment Purchase Fund was decided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24760/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

The legislation underpinning the Nursing Homes Support Scheme requires all private nursing homes and Voluntary Nursing Homes which previously received funding under Section 39 of the Health Act 2004 to negotiate and agree a price for the cost of care with the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) should they wish to participate in the scheme. This is a necessary feature of the scheme due to the commitment by the State to meet the full balance of the cost of care over and above a person's contribution.

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has statutory responsibility for the negotiation of prices with private and voluntary nursing homes. The NTPF is independent in the performance of this function and, in carrying it out, it must ensure value for money for both the individual and the State. The NTPF negotiates with each nursing home individually and may examine the records and accounts of nursing homes as part of the process. This method of negotiation is necessary in order to ensure that the State obtains the best value for each individual in a nursing home and to comply with competition law.

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