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Naughten, Denis

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

It is not agreed.More Button

We have very limited time to debate that matter tonight.More Button

Giving an extra 15 or 20 minutes to it would allow us to address the issues that have been raised.More Button

There are serious issues and we are now encouraging people to remain in hospital.More Button

Insurance companies will be paid on the basis that people remain in hospital.More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages

I support Deputy Kelleher's amendment. He has made a valid argument, which we raised with the Minister on Committee Stage, regarding the challenges we face. The reality is that unless we can enco...More Button

The difficulty is that the Health Insurance Authority has said that is a pointless exercise at this stage in that universal health insurance will be introduced in four years' time and therefore i...More Button

The argument is being made by the Health Insurance Authority that once universal health insurance comes in everyone will be legally obliged to sign up to health insurance and therefore we will no...More Button

In the past, when the Minister articulated the view on universal health insurance, he said there would be an incentive for insurers to improve the quality of health of the cohort of people they h...More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

However, the opposite is happening because with the increase in the cost of private health insurance, young people and young families are leaving the system. We have a bizarre situation where th...More Button

I tabled an amendment to get around the logjam of lifetime community rating on Committee Stage. I have tabled a different amendment here on Report Stage but it is based on the same principle and...More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. I accept that there is no need for an incentive to get people into universal health insurance. Under the Dutch system, 90% of people were already in a volun...More Button

We all agree with the point the Minister made about moving from a situation where one pays by the day to paying by procedure. The difficulty, as the Minister knows, is that this legislation prov...More Button

The lack of such a clause will undermine the principle of where we all want to go. This amendment to the legislation is required.More Button

Local Authority Housing Mortgages

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will review the criteria covering the issuing of local authority mortgages and shared ownership schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Septic Tank Registration Scheme

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to review the current septic tank regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the current position of Health Service Executive and SIPTU engagement regarding home help contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button