With school holidays underway, many families around Ireland are currently preparing for their annual summer break. Although making the to-do list can feel longer than the trip itself, there are some tasks that are particularly important — and organising your travel insurance should be one of them.
Mon, 17 Jun, 2019
looks at how families could save more than €1,000 a year by switching health insurance.
Fri, 10 May, 2019
Next month marks four years since then-Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) into the health insurance market, in order to encourage people to take out private cover.
Tue, 02 Apr, 2019
Health insurance is a topic I have covered in the past but it is worth returning to as a number of recent developments in the market could mean good news for consumers.
Tue, 27 Mar, 2018
Price reductions along with enhanced day-to-day cover, lower excesses and new product benefits across a range of plans have been announced by the State’s health insurer.
Thu, 05 Oct, 2017
Older people invariably pay more than any other age group for health insurance and older people are more likely to be unaware of corporate plans available, writes.
Tue, 20 Jun, 2017
Many people use the SwiftCare Clinics for minor injuries to avoid going to a busy hospital emergency department and waiting hours for treatment.
Fri, 16 Jun, 2017
State-owned health insurer VHI has reported a healthy profit after hiking its premiums twice in the last six months.
Sat, 20 May, 2017
Health Minister Simon Harris says he does not want to penalise people who took out private health insurance to protect themselves and their families.
Fri, 07 Apr, 2017
The cost of private health insurance continues to soar, with a second insurer announcing a second price hike within six months.
Fri, 17 Mar, 2017
Families insured by Laya Healthcare can expect to pay anywhere between €150 and €450 extra per annum from April 1, following a decision by the private health insurer to hike charges for a second time this year.
Sun, 26 Feb, 2017
Private health insurance premiums rose almost 8% over the past year. Premiums were 7.7% higher last month, compared to January 2016, according to the latest Consumer Price Index from the Central Statistics Office.
Thu, 23 Feb, 2017
Tue, 21 Feb, 2017
This week consumer advice columnistgot a timely reminder of the value of shopping around.
Tue, 24 Jan, 2017
Mon, 26 Dec, 2016
Consumers have been warned to expect double-digit premium hikes on their health insurance in 2017.
Tue, 06 Dec, 2016
Government plans to hike health insurance levies by 10% is “bad news” for consumers, a health insurance expert has warned.
Sun, 13 Nov, 2016
Your family could be spending €1,200 extra on health insurance, if you do not shop around.
Wed, 26 Oct, 2016
At least half of Irish families are overpaying anywhere between hundreds to thousands of euro on health insurance cover.
Wed, 26 Oct, 2016
Sat, 15 Oct, 2016
Fri, 16 Sep, 2016
Consumer advice with .
Tue, 26 Jul, 2016
Thousands of holidaymakers run the risk of costly bills for illness and accidents because they do not obtain travel insurance.
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016
Here are six basic principles to help you make the best decisions for your pocket,
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016
There was a slight decrease in average private health insurance premiums last year, it has emerged.
Fri, 20 May, 2016
Consumers are shooting themselves in the foot by not shopping around for health insurance, a financial expert has warned.
Fri, 01 Apr, 2016
Health insurers have been ordered to stop confusing customers and discouraging them from shopping around for the best deals.
Sat, 12 Mar, 2016
A health insurance expert has warned of more health insurance hikes in January and says that failure to shop around could prove very costly, especially for families.
Wed, 23 Dec, 2015
Families faces a €105 rise in health insurance each year, while adults will have to pay almost €40 more, as the country’s largest insurer has once again pushed up its prices.
Tue, 29 Sep, 2015
has advice on value for health insurance policies.
Tue, 08 Sep, 2015
Laya Healthcare is set to increase the price of many of its products by 4%, with one health insurance expert saying that it would be a “surprise” if VHI did not follow suit before the end of the year.
Sat, 25 Jul, 2015
There are now fears of spiralling health insurance premiums after Aviva’s announcement that it is to increase charges across a range of plans this summer.
Sat, 30 May, 2015
Around 74,000 people took out health insurance in the weeks before the imposition of new membership rules, it has emerged.
Fri, 15 May, 2015
There has been a last-minute surge in people taking out health insurance ahead of the imposition of new membership rules at midnight tonight, a spokesperson for the Health Insurance Authority said yesterday.
Thu, 30 Apr, 2015
Health insurance companies are experiencing a surge in callers ahead of the imposition of new membership rules but the anticipated massive jump in numbers signing up has not happened yet.
Mon, 27 Apr, 2015
The health insurance price war will not be enough to attract younger people ahead of the imposition of new membership rules, it has been claimed.
Wed, 25 Feb, 2015
The health insurance price war is expected to hot up over the coming weeks as providers fight to win younger insurers before new penalties apply for taking out cover for the first time.
Wed, 18 Feb, 2015
VHI’s rate freeze has thrown down the gauntlet to the competition and may make rivals considering price increases rethink their pricing strategy, a leading health cover expert has claimed.
Wed, 28 Jan, 2015
The sale of Laya Healthcare — Ireland’s second largest health insurance provider, to AIG is good news for the consumer, says health insurance expert Dermot Goode.
Thu, 22 Jan, 2015
Smart consumers can get “phenomenal” health insurance deals if they ask the right questions.
Fri, 05 Dec, 2014
Around 30,000 people have cancelled their health insurance cover over the past 12 months.
Fri, 14 Nov, 2014
Cash-strapped patients could face yet more health insurance price hikes in the coming weeks, despite fresh Government attempts to force down market costs.
Thu, 06 Nov, 2014