Deputy Michael Lowry has highlighted the huge sums owed to the HSE by private health insurance companies and has urged the Government to take immediate steps to recoup the amounts owed.
Deputy Lowry stated that the swift payment of this sum could make a real and practical impact on the delivery of health services.
“Our health service is being brought to its knees and crippled by cut after devastating cut. Health Services in Tipperary have seen savage cutbacks and the loss of facilities. It is hugely frustrating to learn that this mammoth figure is still outstanding because consultants have not been submitting the required paper work within the agreed period of time. The HSE had a recorded overspend of €360 million last year and is severely cash strapped. Every euro that can be recouped is important and must be fought for, secured and applied towards frontline services.
“The Government must take this the very simple step of compelling consultants to return their documentation within the agreed period of 14 days. Recouping the millions owed would make a tangible difference to the finances of the HSE.”