Updated: 11/11/16 : 11:19:36
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Health insurance to get 10% hike

The Health Minister Simon Harris has asked insurance companies to consider not passing on a planned hike in the insurance levy to consumers.

The Department of Health has written to insurers to say there will be a 10% rise in the insurance levy from next April.

It could add more than 40 to the cost of premiums, while insurers are also announcing their own price hikes.

Minister Simon Harris said the consumer would not necessarily have to be hit with the levy, adding: "I will be bringing legislation through the Oireachtas shortly, probably starting next week. That will reflect the independent recommendation of the health insurance authority.

"I would urge the health insurance companies not to feel it's obligatory to pass on that increase."