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Written Answers - General Practitioner Services

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 483.  Deputy Seán Kenny Information on Seán Kenny Zoom on Seán Kenny  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  if free general practitioner cover was extended to include long-term illness card or book holders; if they have been advised of this change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6296/12]

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 Primary Care within the first term of office of this Government.

[528]It is intended to provide GP visit cards to persons in receipt of drugs and medicines under the Long Term Illness Scheme. Primary legislation is required to give effect to this commitment. There will be an announcement in due course about the start date for the new arrangements. It is hoped that the new arrangements will be in place by early Summer.

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