Dáil Éireann - Volume 378 - 08 March, 1988
Written Answers. - Hospital Charge.
Mrs. Hussey Mrs. Hussey
159. Mrs. Hussey asked the Minister for Health if he will urgently intervene to sort out the confusion between the Eastern Health Board and the VHI regarding a bill for £400 for the drug chymopian, which threatens to halt the necessary spinal operation in April for a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow.
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon) Rory O'Hanlon
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): I understand that this charge was levied on the person concerned while a patient in Dr. Steevens Hospital. As Dr. Steevens Hospital was a public voluntary hospital at that time no charges should have been made for medical extras such as drugs.
I have asked the authorities in Dr. Steevens Hospital to write directly to the person concerned with a full explanation  as to why this charge was made and, if appropriate, to refund these moneys.
Dáil Éireann 378 Written Answers. Hospital Charge.