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White, Alex

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

The HSE provides opioid substitution (mainly methadone) in a number of treatment settings to meet the needs of individual drug users. These settings include:

- primary care through GPs a...More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

Due to the very difficult and challenging economic environment the Government has committed to achieving additional savings in health expenditure during 2013 and 2014 with €781m savings targeted in...More Button

An allocation of €20 million was set aside in the HSE's 2012 National Service Plan for approximately 250 Primary Care posts (including Public Health Nurses (PHNs), Registered General Nurses (RGNs),...More Button

Due to financial constraints, it was not possible to fill the primary care posts in 2012. It is my firm intention to have these posts filled as soon as possible in 2013. The time-related saving...More Button

HSE Funding

Coolmine Therapeutic Community receives funding from my Department and the HSE to provide a range of services, including a specific residential programme targeting women, many of whom are mothers. ...More Button

Medical Card Applications

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medical Card Appeals

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

It is intended to tighten the rules relating to a person’s income and spending that is taken into account when carrying out the means test for the medical card. A date has not been set for the impl...More Button

Changes to the income limits for medical card applicants over 70 years of age were announced in Budget 2013.More Button

At present, people over 70 are entitled to a medical card if their income is less than €700 per week for a single person or €1,400 for a couple. In line with measures announced in the Budget, th...More Button

It is estimated that these changes will affect about 20,000 persons out of 360,000 over-70's medical card holders. This is about 5% of the entire over 70's population. Under the new arrangement...More Button

In relation to medical card applicants under 70 years of age, it is intended to tighten the rules relating to a person’s income and spending that is taken into account when carrying out the means...More Button

A date has not been set for the implementation of these new rules. In advance of that, the Department will develop this proposal in more detail in consultation with the HSE. The new rules and the...More Button

Medical Card Drugs

It is estimated that the changes referred to by the Deputy will affect about 20,000 persons out of 360,000 over-70s medical card holders. This is about 5% of the entire over 70s population. Under...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

The HSE has established a clinician-led Medicines Management Programme (MMP), the aim of which is to ensure that all people have access to the essential medicines they need, that the medicines are ...More Button

The MMP will be led out by the National Medicines Information Centre (NMIC) and the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) and will work closely with the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Se...More Button

An important task of the MMP will be the focus on cost-effective prescribing and the reduction in drug expenditure through more rational prescribing. Proposed initiatives in this regard will inc...More Button

General Practitioner Services

The Programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this, the Government is c...More Button

Legislation to allow the Minister for Health to make regulations to extend access to GP services without fees to persons with prescribed illnesses is currently being drafted by the Office of the ...More Button

An additional amount of €15 million was provided in Budget 2013 for the roll out of GP care without fees.More Button