Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Department of Health
Medical Card Data
180. To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide a breakdown of the current medical card holders according to their occupation category, that is, PAYE or self employed, agricultural industry, service industry or manufacturing industry and so on; if he will provide information on same to establish which occupations give rise to a medical card requirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47346/13]
A person's occupation or socioeconomic status is not material to an assessment of medical card/GP visit card eligibility. The medical card and GP visit card application does not, therefore, ask this information to be stated/provided by an applicant. The HSE does not capture the information that would provide a breakdown of current medical card holders by occupation type or employment sector.