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Written Answers - Medical Cards

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 258.  Deputy Ciara Conway Information on Ciara Conway Zoom on Ciara Conway  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the reason a person (details supplied) in County Waterford has not received a medical card despite having applied several months ago; when this person can expect to hear back regarding their medical card application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3031/12]

[394]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.

 259.  Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the percentage of medical card applications made in 2011 that were processed within the 15-day period targeted by the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3054/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I have requested an update from the HSE on the information requested by the Deputy. I will forward this data to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Nevertheless, the most recent information available to me is that the HSE currently processes and issues approximately 15,000 medical cards each week and that over 85% of complete applications are processed within 15 working days.

 260.  Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the total number of medical card applications and renewals in progress in each county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3055/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.

 261.  Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the total number of outstanding general practitioner card applications and renewals in each county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3056/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.

 262.  Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the average waiting time for a medical card in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3057/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.

 263.  Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the average waiting time from the time an application for a medical card is first made to the time it is granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3058/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) of the Health Service Executive has stated that completed medical card applications are processed within 15 working days. Delays occur where applications are submitted without the supporting documentation necessary to complete the processing of the application. The PCRS currently processes and issues approximately 15,000 medical cards each week. Over 85% of complete applications are processed within 15 working days and PCRS are working to achieve the goal of processing all complete applications within 15 working days.

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 264.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  when a medical card decision will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3059/12]

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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