As per recent reports, it has been revealed that the budgets of public hospitals have been reduced by the Health Service Executive under the new Government laws.
The legislation that was declared late last year included that the health insurance companies will be responsible of paying the health bills for their insured people, even in case they take treatment from public hospitals.
It is being expected that the legislation can help the public sector receive millions of euro, as the prices are expected to rise up to 50%.
The Department of Health has asserted that it is an estimated €75 million would be generated as additional income for hospital, if the legislation is introduced.
However, Health Minister James Reilly has set out no tentative date or month for implementation of the legislation, but it has been revealed that it will be passed in this year and after a few months, near about autumn.
However, the other side of the story depicts that the HSE has begun cutting short the budgets, due to the expectations which reveal that the budgets will automatically be increased through the additional income, which the hospitals will be receiving.
The HSE officials said, “Budgets for funded hospitals, in line with the government policy will be reduced to reflect the forthcoming legislation, which will allow your hospital to charge for all patients presenting, irrespective of whether they are in a private or semi-private bed”.
It has been discovered that the state’s largest public hospital, St James’s in Dublin, will be receiving a portion which will be reduced by €5.05 million. The portion for Tallaght hospital has been reduced by €4.22 million. St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, will be witnessing reduce by €3.05 million.
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