Dáil Éireann - Volume 414 - 10 December, 1991
Written Answers. - Hospital Service Charges.
Mr. Howlin Mr. Howlin
219. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Health whether medical card holders are entitled, free of charge, to intermittent in-patient services in psychiatric hospitals; if there are circumstances under which charges for such intermittent services can be levied, by health boards of medical card holders; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Health (Mrs. O'Rourke) Mary O'Rourke
Minister for Health (Mrs. O'Rourke): Persons in receipt of in-patient services for more than 30 days within a 12 month  period may be liable for charges under the Health (Charges for In-Patient Services) Regulations, 1976 as amended by the Health (Charges for In-Patient Services) (Amendment) Regulations, 1987.
The charges apply after 30 days continuous hospitalisation or after several periods totalling 30 days within the previous 12 months.
The Deputy will recall that on 30 May 1991 my predecessor informed the Dáil that he proposed to have a review carried out of these regulations because of a number of problems which have emerged in respect of their applications. This review is at present being carried out.
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