The Mater Private Healthcare Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with health insurance providers to cover the cost of Covid-19 screening, testing, and associated fees for inpatient and outpatient cases at its hospitals, including in Cork.
In July, the Mater Private Healthcare Group announced that it had introduced a series of additional quality, safety and risk management measures to protect patients and staff as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic including a “robust Covid-19 screening service” which all patients attending the hospital had to undergo, with some patients having to undergo further testing thereafter.
The Healthcare Group also introduced a ‘Covid-19 surcharge’ of €275 for patients undergoing an inpatient day procedure and €75 for a diagnostics outpatient test.
However, the Group says it has now reached an agreement which means that all costs associated with Covid-19 screening and testing will be fully covered by the patient’s insurer.
Furthermore, it says patients holding insurance policies with VHI, Irish Life Health (ILH), Laya Healthcare, ESB, Garda Medical Aid (GMA), and Prison Officers Medical Aid Society (POMAS) who may have incurred a Covid-19 surcharge will be fully reimbursed by the hospital in the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for the Mater Private Healthcare Group said:“We are continually focused on delivering our services with the best interests of our patients and staff in mind. We took the decision from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to adopt a series of additional quality, safety and risk management measures that would assure the health and safety of everyone who enters our hospitals and give comfort and reassurance to all.”
The spokesperson added: “We are pleased to have reached an amicable agreement with all of our insurers partners, meaning our patients will no longer incur any fees for these additional measures which will remain in place as we navigate the delivery of healthcare through the challenges of Covid-19.”