Abolition of Public Hospital Inpatient Charges a Step Closer as Minister Donnelly receives Government Approval to Publish the Health (Amendment) Bill 2023

On Tuesday 7th March, Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly received government approval to publish the Health (Amendment) Bill 2023, which provides for the abolition of public in-patient charges in all public hospitals.

The Bill, when enacted, will remove the acute public in-patient charge of €80 per day, up to a maximum of €800 in a year (including day-case charges), for people accessing care as a public patient in all public hospitals.

Announcing the Government decision to approve publication of this legislation yesterday, Minister Donnelly said:

“I am delighted to announce that today (sic) I have received Government approval to publish this important Bill.

“This legislation, when enacted, will remove for everybody the existing financial burden of public in-patient charges when accessing care in a public hospital. I intend to bring this legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas as a priority in the coming weeks.

“This measure builds on the abolition of public in-patient charges for children, which I introduced last year, and is another significant step in ensuring that people have access to affordable healthcare services”.

The Health (Amendment) Bill 2023 will be published in the coming days.

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