New Health Insurance Levy: Designed to scare people into paying for private health insurance
Leo Varadkar acting like a tout for private health industry
People Before Profit have condemned the move by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to scare ordinary people into buying private health insurance. The idea that the ‘late entry’ levy will go up with an increase in the buyers age is discriminatory. The levy for a first time buyer, aged 50, will be around 32%.
People Before Profit believe that instead of getting people to pay for private health insurance the Government needs to resource Ireland’s public health service and reverse the enormous cuts in staffing and bed closures that have taken place over recent years
People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett said “it is a crazy idea that a person should pay more when buying health insurance for the first time due to their age”.
Deputy Boyd Barrett also noted that this is “yet another measure that people on lower incomes could not possibly avail of due to the over whelming burden of austerity”
Leo Varadkar’s job is not to act like a tout for the private health insurance industry, to boost their super-profits, which is what he is doing with this move. His job is to ensure we have a public health system that is available to all that need it.”