You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in.


Medicalindependent.ie is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.


The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline
 
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public"]

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

Over €574K spent on debt collection agencies by HSE hospitals in 2018

By Dermot - 19th Jun 2019 | 3 views

HSE hospitals spent a total of €574,207 on debt collection agencies last year, according to figures supplied to the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.

The figure is for HSE statutory acute hospitals and does not include voluntary hospitals, the Executive told MI.

Cork University Hospital spent the most in 2018 on debt collection, with €99,488 paid to Debitask Collection Services. University Hospital Galway was second on the list, spending €63,584 on debt collection services last year. The figure comprises €54,373 paid to Garwyn Group and €9,211 to Intrum Justitia Ireland Ltd.

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, paid €37,871 to LCMS Ltd and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda paid €33,981 to Intrum Justitia Ireland Ltd and €51 to LCMS Ltd, a total of €34,032.

The 2018 figure for HSE hospitals represented a decrease on the spend on debt collection agencies by HSE hospitals in 2017.

Last June, MI reported that HSE hospitals spent €603,137 on debt collection agencies in 2017.

In regards to the 2018 figures, the HSE cautioned that the “2018 figures are draft only and are subject to change within the year end audit process”.

The employment of debt collection agencies by hospitals to retrieve unpaid fees has proved controversial in recent years, with criticism from some patients and politicians about the practice.

Last year the HSE told MI that it “continues to work on improving the speed and efficiency of the collection of patient income”.

“The HSE seeks to maximise the recovery of income in a socially responsible, ethical, efficient and cost-effective way,” according to the HSE spokesperson.

Leave a Reply

[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]
Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

[the_ad_placement id="main-mpu-public"]
Most Read
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]