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POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM
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      By Charlie Weston Personal Finance Editor FAMILIES will end up paying out an extra €600 a year
      for health insurance after the VHI announced another hike. It is the third rise in premium prices in
      just over a year. And even more rises are on the way as ...


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POSTED BYO EIZ N THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM




                                                                  And even more rises are on the way as the
                                                                  Government plans to charge health
                                                                  insurers every time a person with cover
                                                                  uses an accident and emergency unit in a
                                                                  public hospital.


                                                                  Experts estimate this change in the rules
                                                                  could sent prices shooting up by at least
                                                                  15pc, with the VHI recently warning that it
                                                                  may have to impose 50pc increases
                                                                  because of this change.


                                                                  Yesterday, it was predicted that these
      relentless rises in health cover costs will force thousands more families to ditch private medical
      insurance.


      He will be meeting with the three health insurers in the coming weeks to hammer out plans to cut
      costs in the private healthcare system.


      Dr Reilly said he was told by the VHI that it would have had higher rises this time if it was not for the
      health insurance levy, a system where the VHI ends up getting compensated for having most of the
      older and more expensive customers.


      VHI said premium prices would rise by between 6pc and 12.5pc for those renewing from March
      onwards. It comes after rises of between 15pc and 45pc last February.


      Now premiums at the state-owned insurer will go up again next month. This latest rise means
      some plans, particularly those popular with older people, will have jumped by 65pc in a 13-month
      period.


      Plan B Options, which is now called HealthPlus Extra, will have risen by €658 for an adult in just
      over a year. It will now cost €1,644 for an individual on this plan.


      The cost of insuring two adults and two children on the Parents and Kids plan will jump by 9pc to
      €2,820 a year from St Patrick's Day, a rise of €281. Last November, it jumped €331 -- meaning the
      cost of this plan will have risen by €612 for a family since January last year.

								
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