Dáil Éireann - Volume 401 - 11 July, 1990

Written Answers. - VHI Long Term Benefit.

43. Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for Health if he has received a request from the VHI for sanction to reduce the long-term benefit for inpatient care of elderly patients from 180 days to 90 days; if he intends to sanction [1329] this request; if his attention has been drawn to the implications of such a move for patients such as those with Alzheimers disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): The Deputy will recall that in my reply of 27 June to Parliamentary Question No. 251, I indicated that no such proposal was under consideration. In these circumstances the remaining issues raised by the Deputy are not relevant.