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Written Answers - Medical Cards

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 63.  Deputy John Halligan Information on John Halligan Zoom on John Halligan  asked the Minister for Health in Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the review being carried out of medical cards, the number of persons over 70 years that have been disqualified; the number of persons under 70 years that have been disqualified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16248/12]

 587.  Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett  asked the Minister for Health in Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the review being carried out of medical cards, the number of persons over 70 years that have been disqualified, how many people under 70 years have been disqualified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16245/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I propose to take Questions Nos. 63 and 587 together.

The HSE has stated that between 1 July 2011 and 29 February 2012 Primary Care Reimbursement Service received 450,306 applications and renewals for medical cards. 39,552 of these renewal applications were from people over 70 years of age and 300,251 were from people under 70 years of age. In total, 226 cases of those over 70 and 4,118 cases of those under 70 were assessed as being unsuccessful.


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