Dáil Éireann - Volume 463 - 28 March, 1996
Written Answers. - Private Hospitals' Charges.
Mr. Broughan Mr. Broughan
81. Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the concerns, if any, he has regarding reported wide variations in private hospital charges to the VHI; and the measures, if any, he will consider to control the spiralling costs of private health care and insurance. [6836/96]
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East) Michael Noonan
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): I have no function in relation to either the funding of private hospitals or the charges they set for the provision of treatment and care to their patients. Financial arrangements between health insurers and service providers are matters to be directly negotiated between the parties.
Under the Health Insurance Act, 1994, which was enacted in connection  with the creation of a single market in non-life insurance, the Minister for Health is the regulatory authority for the non-prudential aspects of private medical insurance. It is not, therefore, appropriate that my Department, or I, be involved in the making of commercial arrangements between healthcare providers and insurers.
Dáil Éireann 463 Written Answers. Private Hospitals' Charges.