Kildare’s two public nursing homes are being paid substantially more for the clients in their care by the HSE than the county’s 21 private operators.
That is according to recent figures released by the Health Service Executive. These show that the average fee payable per person in the Maynooth Community Unit and in St Vincent’s, Athy, are are €1,594 per person per week. In the private sector, that figure is €1,021.90 per week.
According to the Nursing Homes Ireland organisation, private and voluntary hursing homes are required to ‘negotiate’ the fees payable to them under the Fair Deal scheme with the National Treatment Purchase Fund, acting on behalf of the State. It says that the fees payable to the HSE nursing homes are not subject to negotiation.
“This reveals a staggerign 56% differential in the average fees payable in respect of residets between HSE nursing homes in County Kildare and private and voluntary counterparts.”
According to the organisation, nationally, HSE nursing home fees are paid an average 60% above those payable in respect of residents in private and voluntary nursing homes. Over the 16-month period since the HSE fees were last published, the fees payable within HSE nursing homes increased by an average 11%. Over the corresponding period, the average fees in private and voluntary nursing homes increased by 3.9%. The average fee differential between HSE and private / voluntary nursing homes was 53% in 2016.
NHI is calling for an investigation into the cost of nursing home care in Ireland.
HSE figures below show the costs of care in Kildare’s two public nursing home.
HSE figures below show the costs of care in Kildare’s private nursing homes. (figures in the two right hand columns show cost of care per week in single and shared rooms).