Clarification for contributors on the imminent changes to the Voluntary Health Insurance (VHI) scheme.

The Voluntary Health Insurance (VHI) Board have announced a new arrangement for its voluntary health insurance scheme, which it believes will better meet the needs of its 60,000 contributors. Including dependents, the VHI covers 165,000 people and has 754 group schemes.

When the new scheme comes into operation from December 1962, subscribers will have to select M for medical and T for treatment units.

A form asks you to nominate how many you want.

Many subscribers familiar with the traditional A, B and C schemes are confused by the workings of the new scheme. General Manager of the VHI Noel J Burke attempts to clarify the matter with the aid of a chart.

It's not as complicated as it might first appear.

Subscribers will be able to choose whatever combination of units they consider necessary to cover themselves and their dependents, up to a maximum of twelve of each type of unit.

Their cover is as comprehensive as it was before; if they want to they can increase their cover.

Noel J Burke indicates the number of the new type units which a subscriber would require to continue their insurance on approximately the same basis as the A, B and C schemes.

The new arrangement for voluntary health insurance is designed to meet the significant rise in the cost of hospital services.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 October 1962. The presenter is John Ross. The reporter is Anne Binchy.