S.I. No. 761/2005 - Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2005

S.I. No. 761 of 2005

Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2005

The Minister for Health and Children in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 5 of the Health Act, 1947 (No. 28 of 1947) and Section 56 of the Health Act 1970 (No. 1 of 1970) as substituted by section 1 of the Health (Amendment) Act 1987 (No. 3 of 1987) and Section 72 of the Health Act, 1970 as adapted by the Health (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1997 (No. 308 of 1997) with the consent of the Minister for Finance hereby makes the following regulations:-

1.   These Regulations may be cited as the Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment Regulations, 2005.

2.   These Regulations shall come into operation on the 1st day of January, 2006.

3.   Article 4 of the Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations, 1994 ( S.I. No. 37 of 1994 ) (as amended by Article 3 of Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment Regulations, 2004 ( S.I. No. 826 of 2004 ) is hereby amended by the substitution of €60 for €55 in sub-article (2).

The Minister for Finance consents to these regulations.


GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Finance,


this 30th day of November, 2005




Brian Cowen,

Minister for Finance.



GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Health and Children, this 30th day of November, 2005.



Mary Harney,

Minister for Health and Children.


(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation).

The purpose of these regulations is to amend the charge set out in the Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004. The charge is revised from €55 to €60 in respect of attendance at accident and emergency or casualty departments where the person concerned has not been referred by a medical practitioner. The charge shall not apply where such an attendance results in hospital admission. The usual exemptions, which include medical card holders and hardship provision shall continue to apply. The revised charge comes into effect on 1 January, 2006.