Private Health Insurance Unit

Functions and Responsibilities

Policy and Regulation in relation to the Private Health Insurance Market

  • VHI – authorisation and other issues including the European Court of Justice case on derogation
  • Liaison with European Union officials on private health insurance matters
  • Risk Equalisation Scheme 2013
  • Restructuring of the Private Health Insurance Market
  • Corporate Governance Framework matters in relation to the Health Insurance Authority and VHI
  • Litigation management in relation to Private Health Insurance matters
  • Minimum Benefit Regulations in relation to private health insurance policies
  • Lifetime Community Ratings Regulations

See here for detailed information on Private Health Insurance in Ireland including Risk Equalisation Scheme, Community Rating and the work of the Health Insurance Authority.

Bodies under aegis of Department of Health:

  • Vhi
  • HIA
  • The Health Insurance Authority is a statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland. The Authority also provides information to consumers regarding their rights and health insurance plans and benefits.

Section 15 of FOI Act

Agencies/Service Providers/Working Groups: N/A

Legislation: N/A

Classes of Records held Files on Policy Issues, Correspondence, Representations, PQs, Administrative records relating to the functions of the Unit

Significant Systems None

Personal Information Holdings N/A

Disclosees N/A

Notes N/A

Contact Details

Principal Officer Dermot Ryan
Assistant Principal Officers John Wright
Paul Flanagan
Patsy Carr
Róisín Cahillane
Telephone 00353 (1) - 635 4029
E-mail healthinsuranceunit@health.gov.ie