Written Answers - Medical Cards

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 1

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  650.  Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   if he will expedite an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15290/12]

[368]Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

  651.  Deputy Niall Collins  Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   when a medical card will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15291/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

  652.  Deputy John McGuinness  Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   the time it will take for the primary care reimbursement service office to consider further information regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [15298/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

  653.  Deputy Niall Collins  Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   when a medical card will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15299/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

  654.  Deputy Robert Dowds  Information on Robert Dowds  Zoom on Robert Dowds   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   if he will provide an update in the general practitioner visit card; the medical cover it provides and the cohort of persons eligible for same. [15321/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  The Programme for Government committed to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this reform programme the Government is committed to introducing Universal GP Care within the first term of office of this Government.

Initially it is intended to extend GP cover without fees to persons with defined long-term illnesses who are in receipt of drugs and medicines under the Long Term Illness Scheme. Primary legislation is required to give effect to this commitment. Once primary legislation has been approved by the Oireachtas, the details of the new arrangements will be announced.

The GP visit card was introduced in 2005 as a graduated benefit, so that people on lower incomes, particularly parents of young children, who do not qualify for a medical card, would not be deterred on cost grounds from visiting their GP. The GP visit card covers the cost of general practice consultations. The income guidelines used by the HSE to assess applications for GP visit cards are 50% higher than those used in assessing applications for medical cards.

  655.  Deputy Colm Keaveney  Information on Colm Keaveney  Zoom on Colm Keaveney   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   the reason a person (details supplied) has been issued a general practitioner visit card when all other members in their family have been issued with a full medical card. [15322/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.


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