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€150 million to be paid by insurers to HSE 'by year end' - Reilly

The outstanding money is a result of private patients being treated in public beds.

MILLIONS OF EURO owed to the HSE will be collected from private health insurers by the end of 2012, the Health Minister has said.

The news was confirmed by Labour TD for Waterford, Ciara Conway, who said that Minister James Reilly said that the €150 million will be collected by the end of the year.

The money is owed to the HSE as a result of private patients being treated in public beds.

Deputy Conway said that she was pleased to note progress on this issue, as the issue of how much funding is owed as a result of private patients being treated in public hospitals is something she has been pursuing for some time now.

As we’re all too well aware, there’s a significant deficit within the health budget, so we need to make sure that every avenue for income is looked at.

As of the end of September 2012, €204 million was outstanding to the HSE as a result of private patients being treated in public beds, said Deputy Conway.

The HSE deficit now stands at almost €400 million, according to figures released earlier this month.

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