Voluntary Health Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1998

Power to act as agent for international healthcare plan.

1.—(1) Notwithstanding the Voluntary Health Insurance Acts, 1957, and 1996, the Board may, subject to the consent of the Minister for Health and Children, act as agent for an insurer in respect of the provision of insurance cover pursuant to an international healthcare plan.

(2) In this section—

“agent” means the Board where it holds an appointment in writing from an insurer enabling the Board to place insurance business with that insurer;

“insurer” means the holder of an authorisation within the meaning of the European Communities (Non-Life Insurance) Framework Regulations, 1994 ( S.I. No. 359 of 1994 );

“international healthcare plan” means a plan, scheme or other insurance arrangement made available by the Board which provides for the making of payments by an insurer to, or on behalf of, persons who will be resident outside the State for such periods as may be specified by the Board in the plan, in respect of medical, surgical or related services.