Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 2019.

Publication Date07 Jan 2020
statutoryInstrumentNumber693/2019

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 7th January, 2020.

I, SIMON HARRIS, Minister for Health, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 5 of the Health Act 1947 (No. 28 of 1947) and section 5 6 (amended by section 7 of the Health (Amendment) Act 1991 (No. 15 of 1991)) of the Health Act 1970 (No. 1 of 1970), with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, hereby make the following regulations:

1. (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 2019.

(2) These Regulations shall come into operation on 23 December 2019.

2. In these Regulations, “Act” means the Health Act 1970 (No. 1 of 1970).

3. (1) A charge shall be made for out-patient services provided under section 56(2) (amended by section 1 of the Health (Amendment) Act 1987 (No. 3 of 1987)) of the Act at -

(a) an emergency department,

(b) an accident and emergency department, or

(c) a casualty department.

(2) The charge referred to in paragraph (1) shall, subject to Regulation 5, be €100, payable by each person who avails of the services concerned, but such charge shall be made only in respect of the first occasion the service is provided in relation to each episode of care.

4. (1) A charge shall be made for out-patient services provided under section 56(2) (amended by section 1 of the Health (Amendment) Act 1987 ) of the Act at -

(a) a minor injury unit,

(b) an urgent care centre,

(c) a local injury unit, or

(d) any other facility (other than a facility specified in Regulation 3) providing similar services.

(2) The charge referred to in paragraph (1) shall, subject to Regulation 5, be €75, payable by each person who avails of the services concerned, but such charge shall be made only in respect of the first occasion the service is provided in relation to each episode of care.

5. The charges referred to in Regulations 3 and 4 shall not be payable by -

(a) a person with full eligibility,

(b) a woman receiving the services concerned in respect of motherhood,

(c) a child up to the age of 6 weeks,

(d) a child, referred to in section 56(3) of the Act, in respect of diseases and disabilities of a permanent or long term nature prescribed by the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform,

(e) a child, referred to in section 56(4) of the Act, in respect of defects noticed at a health examination held pursuant...

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