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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


International Agreements: Motion

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International Co-operation: Motion

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Written Answers - Medical Cards

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive for a report on the issue raised by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

I have again asked the Health Service Executive for a report on the issue raised by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible. I have held detailed discussions wit...More Button

Question No. 534 answered with Question No. 454.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 537 and 538 together.More Button

Eligibility for medical cards specifically for those over the age of 70 years is based on means. Under the Health Act 2008, the income thresholds for entitlement to a medical card for persons aged...More Button

A new streamlined user-friendly medical card review process for the over 70’s was recently introduced by the Health Service Executive which ensures that where a person’s circumstances h...More Button

The final part of the centralisation project took place on the 1 of July 2011 with the centralisation of Medical Card processing and associated tasks for the entire country in the Primary Care Reim...More Button

For the first time in the State’s history a single uniform system of application processing has been put in place. This system replaces the different systems previously operated through more ...More Button

However, I am aware that there have been difficulties. These issues are a matter of serious concern and I have held several meetings with the HSE to raise the concerns. As a result of these discus...More Button

In 2010 the Central Office introduced a self assessment review process for people aged 70 years and over, as that cohort was managed entirely by the central office. Following on from this developm...More Button

The HSE is also standardising eligibility periods from two years to three years for people aged under 66yrs, with a new four year eligibility period for medical card holders aged 66 or over. Notwit...More Button

Discretionary cards, emergency cards and cards held by people in a small number of other categories will continue to be reviewed in the normal way, but the HSE are confident that the extension of t...More Button

In addition, from this month, the HSE will implement a new system that gives GPs the additional ability to identify and assist the most vulnerable Medical Card holders in our society. GP’s w...More Button

I wish to emphasise that in no circumstances should a medical card holder who genuinely engages with the review of their medical card have their entitlement withdrawn before that review is complete...More Button

In addition the PCRS’s central office is working to deal with some of the processing issues that have been arising. This has included reviewing and refining their systems for the receipt and ...More Button

I will continue to monitor the situation and have arranged to meet the HSE on a regular basis to discuss any issues which may arise with respect to medical cards.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as po...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme

The Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics states that “it is in the best interests of the patient that a general practitioner supervises and guides the overall management...More Button

Medical card holders who are given a prescription by a hospital or clinic must request their GP to transcribe the details onto a GMS prescription form in order for them to receive their medication ...More Button

There is an arrangement under the GMS Scheme for the emergency supply of medicines for medical card holders on discharge from hospital. Community pharmacists are authorised to dispense a maximum of...More Button

I wish to assure the Deputy that it is best clinical practice that a person in need of treatment should regularly attend their GP and that the GP is fully aware of the medications that any patient ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 494.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - General Practitioner Services

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 t...More Button

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 ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

I propose to take Questions Nos. 494 and 497 together.More Button

I understand that the questions tabled by the Deputy refer to the East Coast Regional Drugs Task Force. The funding allocated to the East Coast Regional Drugs Task Force in respect of each of the ...More Button

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Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

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.More Button

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 burde...More Button

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 proce...More Button