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Risk Equalisation judgement

August 29, 2008

Parliament Urges Minister to Act quickly and decisively on the judgement

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament welcomes the statement by the Minister for Health and Children reconfirming that

“The Government’s Objective in health insurance has been that it should be affordable to older and sicker people. Intergenerational solidarity in health insurance has always received widespread public and political support. ”

We urge the Minister, the government and the Health Insurance Authority to set in train a process which will enable speedy action to be taken to support community rating and provide for a system of community rating to protect the old and the vulnerable.

Whilst we note that the Minister does not “envisage any “immediate decision on legislation” we would urge her not to long finger a resolution to this matter. Older People are already experiencing stress and huge anxiety in relation to health matters.

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