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Written Answers - Medical Cards

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 473.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  If a person that suffers from epilepsy automatically qualifies for a Medical Card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23859/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall Medical cards are granted by the HSE on the basis of means and individual circumstances and all persons seeking a medical card must be assessed under the undue hardship principle. There are no plans to provide for the granting of medical cards to any particular group of patients with specific medical conditions. The HSE may look beyond the applicants financial situation and have regard to other matters they consider appropriate in assessing a person's circumstances for a medical card. This can address an individual's circumstances including an illness or medical circumstances which result in financial hardship. At the request of Minister Reilly, the HSE has set up a clinical panel to assist in the processing of applications for discretionary medical cards where there are difficult personal circumstances.

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