Public in-patient charges for children under 16 abolished

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Public in-patient charges for children under 16 years have been abolished in all public hospitals.

The Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No.2) Act 2022 removed the acute public in-patient charge of €80 per day (including day-case charges) for children under 16 years of age in all public hospitals.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly said, “In the context of current cost-of-living challenges this is another important commitment by Government towards affordability, as it will make our public hospitals free for children when they require access to treatment as a public patient. This initiative builds on the introduction of free contraception for women aged 17-25.”