Written answers

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Department of Health and Children

Long-Term Illness Scheme

5:00 am

Photo of Jackie Healy-RaeJackie Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Question 99: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will add Crohn's disease to the lifelong illness list as there is no cure for this disease; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3076/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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There are no plans to extend the list of eligible conditions covered by the Long Term Illness Scheme. Under the Drugs Payment Scheme no individual or family pays more than €120 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme is easy to use and significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines. 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 process, the Health Service Executive can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a family. Those who are not eligible for a medical card may still be able to avail of a GP visit card, which covers the cost of general practice consultations.

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