Written answers

Thursday, 16 June 2005

Department of Health and Children

General Medical Services Scheme

5:00 pm

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 64: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if arrangements will be made in order that persons who need medical certificates for the renewal of their driving licence and who are medical card holders can have the cost of the medical certificate covered under the terms of the GMS; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20472/05]

Photo of Seán PowerSeán Power (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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The general medical services contract which general practitioners participating in the GMS scheme hold with the local area of the Health Service Executive provides for the issue of first and final certificates to explain work absence, free of charge, for medical card holders, regardless of age. GPs are not obliged to provide examinations and certificates in respect of requirements of life assurance for insurance companies or licensing authorities free of charge. I have no plans to change the current situation.


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