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Murphy, Catherine

Monday, 17 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

This legislation has two aims. The first is to change reference pricing. We all realise we adhere to a very narrow band and if we were to reference against the other 26 EU member states it would c...More Button

The object of the exercise should be to free up money which can be spent in the health service, particularly in delivering primary health care or front-line services. However, exceptions should ...More Button

It is very important that an amendment is made to provide specifically for this. Often people do not return to a consultant or see a neurologist but instead they are maintained on their medicati...More Button

The other point relates to those who are on drugs that suppress seizures. Sometimes these drugs can have other side effects where it is a matter of finding the right drug and finding the right b...More Button

I cannot stress enough the importance of there being provisions in the Bill that allow for specific conditions such as epilepsy - I am sure it is not the only one. Such conditions will be the ex...More Button

One of the most expensive elements of producing drugs, which we cannot address in this legislation but which might be something that we can advance at the European Union, is packaging and the var...More Button

One of the big savings that was hoped for this year in the health service that did not materialise was the reduction in the cost of drugs. Some of that was to do with the basket of countries aga...More Button

I want to raise a matter that is on the fringe of this. There is a need to have a health system that is about health, not about illness. Until we have a decent primary health care system, we wi...More Button

There have been newspaper reports of cancer patients having to pay for their medications. That is not new. I recall a family member having to do it five or six years ago, and it took me complet...More Button