NHI provides cautious welcome to HSE Service Plan 2018

 

Nursing Homes Ireland today, 20th December, acknowledged the increase in the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) Budget for 2018, as announced within HSE Service Plan. The €961.7m budget allocation is a 2.3% increase on the €940m allocated for 2017. Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO commented: “We acknowledge the increase in the Fair Deal budget announced by the HSE today. Given the relative stagnation in persons expected to be financially supported by the scheme over the course of the year ahead, this increase is some acknowledgement of the increasing and sustained cost pressures being incurred by nursing home providers. We provide a cautious welcome, as providers are under sustained pressures to meet increasingly high dependency and complex healthcare needs of residents presenting for nursing home care. Private and voluntary providers still tasked with providing care for fees that are half those payable to HSE counterparts. Cost pressures within the nursing home sector were recently highlighted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s pre-budget analysis of the Fair Deal scheme. We reiterate our call for the review of the Fair Deal pricing mechanism, which was scheduled for completion in June, to be published to facilitate critical discussion surrounding the requirement to enhance the funding model to support providers in meeting the healthcare requirements of nursing home residents.”

 

Note for the Editor

  • The Service Plan projects 23,292 people to be financially supported by Fair Deal year end and 23,334 to be financially supported year-end 2018. This would be a  very marginal percentage increase – 0.18% (42 persons).

 

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO is available for further comment. Contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699806 or 087 9082970.

 

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