Hospital inpatient charges for children have been abolished with immediate effect. The Government made the announcement yesterday.
Previously, children aged 16 and under were subject to a statutory inpatient charge of €80 per day, subject to a cap of 10 days, or €800, in a year.
The scrapping of the charge covers both overnight stays and day-case procedures.
The €100 charge for attending a hospital emergency department still remains in place.