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Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 499.  Deputy Paudie Coffey Information on Paudie Coffey Zoom on Paudie Coffey  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the person responsible for deciding which illnesses come under long-term illness benefit scheme; the scope there is for making additions to that list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6479/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The Minister for Health may prescribe conditions for the purposes of the Long Term Illness Scheme. There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the Scheme.

Under the Drug Payment Scheme no individual or family pays more than €132 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines.

In addition, people who cannot, without undue hardship, arrange for the provision of medical services for themselves and their dependants may be entitled to a medical card. In the assessment process, the Health Service Executive can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a family. Those who are not eligible for a medical card may still be able to avail of a GP visit card, which covers the cost of general practice consultation.

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