Labour calls for income-related health fees

Health insurance fees should be income-related and the top-up system for people on low incomes should be scrapped, Labour MPs are set to argue on Tuesday, according to the AD.

At the moment, adults pay around €90 a month for a basic health insurance policy, but people on low incomes can claim a subsidy of up to €57 a month.
But Labour MPs will call for changes in this afternoon’s debate with health minister Ab Klink, the paper says. The curernt system involves too many procedures and cash movements because everyone pays the standard fee and then gets an income-dependent payout.
Labour also wants an end to the standard €150 own-risk element in every insurance package because compensation for people with chronic conditions is ‘complicated and expensive’ to administer, the paper says.

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