Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (127)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

127. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of times he has met with insurance companies and Insurance Ireland since 1 January 2016; the date of each meeting; the persons or bodies he met with; the purpose of each meeting in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48304/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As Minister for Health I have oversight and governance responsibilities in relation to the Voluntary Health Insurance Board, the statutory board which does business as Vhi Healthcare. My officials meet quarterly with Vhi senior management as part of governance arrangements under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). My Department also hosts the periodic Health Insurance Consultative Forum, in conjunction with the Health Insurance Authority, to discuss market issues with the health insurers. I am provided with detailed briefing on regulatory and governance matters that arise in these meetings. In addition to this, I have attended the following meetings in the period the Deputy mentioned:

Meetings:

Date of Meeting

Organisation

Purpose of Meeting

28th of September 2016

Vhi

Vhi requested to update the Minister on developments since the company was authorised as a health insurer in 2015

5th of December 2016

Vhi

The Minister met with the Vhi Board to discuss governance and oversight issues

7th of September 2017

Vhi

The Minister met with Vhi to get an update on Vhi’s corporate strategy