About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Hepatitis C Infected People Angry over Insurance Issue

by Medindia Content Team on June 29, 2006 at 11:52 AM
Font : A-A+

Hepatitis C Infected People Angry over Insurance Issue

The Dail, House of Representatives in Ireland, has been receiving incessant calls from four groups, which represent people with haemophilia, who were infected with HIV and hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood products, to reject a new Government bill that deals with the long standing issue of insurance.

Health Minister, Mary Harney, had announced last week the publication of a bill to establish a statutory scheme that would address the difficulties in insurance experienced by people infected with contaminated blood. In fact those affected will not be able to obtain life assurance or mortgage protection policies.

Advertisement

After seeing a copy of the proposed bill the Irish Haemophilia Society, Transfusion Positive, Positive Action and the Irish Kidney Association groups have called for its rejection.

According to them a new scientific definition for hepatitis C that has been contained in the bill will lead to the exclusion of a number of infected people. In addition an amendment to the 2002 Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal Act has also brought forth criticism, which if passed, could result in restriction of entitlements of some spouses as well as partners of people with hepatitis C to claim compensation.
Advertisement

In defence of the bill the Department of Health insists that the proposed bill brings Ireland in par with the other jurisdictions that are also operating compensation schemes.

However the Labour Party has called for its withdrawal.

Labour health spokesperson, Liz McManus said 'Four organisation representing those who have been infected have raised very serious questions about the Government's legislation. It would be unthinkable for the Government to proceed with this bill in the face of such opposition from those directly affected by its provisions.'

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Hepatitis C Infected People Angry over Insurance Issue Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests