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Ireland sets up fund for patients who cannot get insurance

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:128
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish government is setting up an insurance fund to reduce some of the problems faced by people infected by contaminated blood products in getting insurance.

    The idea for the fund—of one million Irish pounds (£820 000; $1.2m)—arose after a report commissioned by the Irish health department showed that people infected with hepatitis C through being given anti-D immunoglobulin and patients with haemophilia who contracted HIV from factor VIII …

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