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Written Answers - Medical Certification Fees

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 310.  Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if she has finalised proposals to seek a reduction in the cost of funding medical certification fees; if she will provide the details of those proposals that were prepared by her Department post-budget 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24155/12]

 311.  Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if the 10% reduction in medical fees announced in budget 2012 has been applied; if she will confirm that the fee of €8.25 for a standard medical certificate has been reduced by €0.825 to €7.425 equivalent to a 10% cut; if the fee of €44.44 for a detailed medical report has been reduced by €4.444 to €40 equivalent to a 10% cut; if these 10% reductions have not been applied, if she will detail the amount such a reduction as outlined would have saved on the out turn for 2011; the expected saving in 2012 if it was applied; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24156/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 and 311 together.

As part of Budget 2012, it was announced that a reduction of 10% in the administrative cost of medical certification would be achieved this year.

This is being achieved through a reduction in the number of medical certificates that doctors are required to issue.

The frequency of certification by a person’s doctor has been reduced in cases where a person’s medical condition is deemed such that less frequent certification is appropriate.

At this stage, it is not proposed to implement a rate reduction as rates have remained unchanged since July 2003.


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