Tri County Health has offered to cover the costs of a young man who had a heart attack while driving in a car accident.
The health insurer, which is based in Dublin, said it would pay for the costs and the man’s family will also have to pay.
“If you have any health issues and you have not been covered, we have a mechanism that you can get insurance through,” the insurer said in a statement.
The statement did not say if there would be any penalties if the man didn’t get insurance.
The spokesman said that the company had already begun negotiations with the man, who was in his 20s.
A spokesman for the local authority said there were no plans to take over Tri County’s responsibility.
“Tri County Health’s plan is based on the health of the individual who is the beneficiary of the coverage,” the spokesman said.
“The individual will not be responsible for any of the costs incurred or incurred in the event that the individual cannot pay the premium.”
The man has had a case of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) for the last two years, and had been on his own for a number of years.
“We are aware that the family are struggling financially at the moment and we are in the process of working with them to find an affordable way forward,” the spokeswoman said.
Mr Collins said he was aware of the situation and had asked the local council if he could use the health insurer’s services to cover his costs.
“My concern is for my son and I as we are not able to afford our own medical care,” he said.
He said he had spoken to a GP at his home and had had some tests and had taken part in the Dublin Regional Heart Foundation.