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Possible ‘significant changes’ to insurance market discussed

The HIA deliberated on these issues and others during a board meeting in November. The meeting discussed changes to the HIA’s strategic plan for 2016 to 2018, with the Authority subsequently making some alterations to the plan in late 2016.

The Authority also discussed the impact of commercial developments in the private health insurance market.

“The Authority considered significant changes in the market that could impact on the successful achievement of the Authority’s strategic goals,” read the meeting minutes, seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.

“The Authority discussed market changes, including the ongoing impact of claims cost inflation, the acquisition by Irish Life Health DAC of Aviva Health and GloHealth and the introduction of the Hospital Private Insurance Patient Forum.

“Other factors that may impact on the private health insurance [market] include the work of the Dáil Committee on the Future of Healthcare, the potential collapse of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and Brexit.”

Separately, more than six months since the Brexit vote, the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) has told MI that it has experienced no impact as yet on its cross-border work.

“The full effect of Brexit on wider cross-border matters will need to be worked out when there is a clearer understanding of the Brexit arrangements,” a Group spokesperson told MI.

“But we are not currently aware of any impact on our discussions or plans at this point.”

The new National Children’s Hospital is planning to provide tertiary specialist care in some specialties on an all-island basis. An example of this is the developing Congenital Heart Disease Network.

Last June, the CHG held a board meeting in Belfast to discuss models of care in Northern Ireland.

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