Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 623 No. 86

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  143.  Mr. P. Breen  Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if the new income threshold guidelines for availing of general practitioner visit cards as contained in the press release (details supplied) on her Department’s website are correct; if so, if the details contained in the link which follows are incorrect; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26778/06]

Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children (Ms Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  In my Department’s press release of 26 June 2006 I announced the increase in the basic income guidelines for the GP visit card to 50 per cent above the medical card income guidelines. The press release listed a range of examples based on persons with different earnings and expenses and in different family situations — this information is correct. The following table gives details of these and other sample cases outlining the weekly income and outgoings which would allow persons to be entitled to a GP visit card on foot of these recently increased income guidelines.

Increases in GP Visit Card Guidelines — June 2006

Sample Cases

Medical Card GPV Card Weekly Outgoings Total Outgoings Total Guidelines
Base guidelines Mortgage/rent Childcare Travel to work
Single Person Living Alone
Aged up to 65 years 184.00 276.00 100 0 50 150 426.00
Aged between 66-69 years 201.50 303.00 100 0 50 150 453.00
Single Person Living with Family
Aged up to 65 years 164.00 246.00 0 0 50 50 296.00
Aged between 66-69 years 173.50 260.00 0 0 50 50 310.00
Married Couple / Single Parent Families with Dependent Children
Aged up to 65 years 266.50 400.00 200 0 100 300 700.00
With 1 Child 304.50 457.00 200 150 100 450 907.00
With 2 Children 342.50 514.00 200 300 100 600 1,114.00
With 3 Children 383.50 576.00 200 450 100 750 1,326.00
With 4 Children 424.50 637.00 200 600 100 900 1,537.00
Aged up to 65 years 266.50 400.00 250 0 100 350 750.00
With 1 Child 304.50 457.00 250 150 100 500 957.00
With 2 Children 342.50 514.00 250 300 100 650 1,164.00
With 3 Children 383.50 576.00 250 450 100 800 1,376.00
With 4 Children 424.50 637.00 250 600 100 950 1,587.00
Aged up to 65 years 266.50 400.00 300 0 100 400 800.00
With 1 Child 304.50 457.00 300 150 100 550 1,007.00
With 2 Children 342.50 514.00 300 300 100 700 1,214.00
With 3 Children 383.50 576.00 300 450 100 850 1,426.00
With 4 Children 424.50 637.00 300 600 100 1,000 1,637.00
Aged up to 65 years 266.50 400.00 350 0 100 450 850.00
With 1 Child 304.50 457.00 350 150 100 600 1,057.00
With 2 Children 342.50 514.00 350 300 100 750 1,264.00
With 3 Children 383.50 576.00 350 450 100 900 1,476.00
With 4 Children 424.50 637.00 350 600 100 1050 1,687.00†


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