Private health insurers are to give customers a partial rebate for a three month period to reflect the agreement struck between the HSE and private hospitals. 

As part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, private hospitals will provide services to the HSE. 

This means people with private health insurance won't be able to avail of the same range of services in private hospitals. 

However, cover will still be provided for some services. Support measures will also be put in place for customers in financial difficulty. 

The Vhi has announced customers will receive an average 50% reduction in their premium for a three-month period.

This is to reflect the agreement struck between the HSE and the Private Hospitals' Association (PHA) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The three-month rebate period will be extended or curtailed depending on the duration of the agreement between the HSE and the PHA. 

Different policies have different levels of private hospital cover and this is reflected in the rebate. 

Most customers (80% of the Vhi membership) will get a 45% rebate. The rebate will be applied to the equivalent of a monthly installment and will start in mid-May.

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Vhi is also extending telephone and online consultations with GP's, physiotherapists, other medical professionals and Employee Assistance Programme consultants to all its customers. 

Laya plan to redirect a claim cost savings in the form of a benefit to the amount of €195 for every adult member and €60 for every child member.

This will benefit almost 600,000 Laya customers.

If a member's employer pays for their health insurance, Laya will distribute a payment directly to the employee and a separate payment will be made to the employer.

Irish Life will give customers a rebate on their premiums for a three month period of between 36% and 60% for 'Advanced Plans' and 17-21% for 'Non-Advanced Plans'.

In a statement, Insurance Ireland, which represents insurance providers, has said insurers will continue to provide cover for services that fall outside the deal struck between private hospitals and the HSE. 

This will include cover for private care in public hospitals. It also includes psychiatric care, maternity care and addiction treatment.

For the hospitals that are included in the agreement, insurers will cover the public hospital charge for in-patient services of €80 per day up to a maximum of ten days.

Health insurers have also committed to putting in place measures to support customers who are in financial difficulty.