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HSE charge for admission

  • 24-06-2022 11:31am

    My son was taken ill on a bus and an ambulance was called. He gave the hospital his VHI number.

    He's 21 and it was his first time in hospital (hopefully his last attendance for another 21 years). He is a student with zero income. Neither does he have a medical card. So, he was invoiced for €100 and I paid.

    This is a statutory requirement for attending A&E without a GP referral. I get it, lets stop people unnecessarily using A&E. But, the hospital will surely invoice the VHI for exams etc. which they wouldn't do for non VHI insured. So, WHY would any person with VHI insurance give their insurance details if they will not get any benefit from it?

    Surely the government could have at least one A&E visit per year FOC if no Medical card. As it stands I'll be advising anyone not to bother the Public Hospitals with your medical insurance details if you find yourself in A&E.