Written answers

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Department of Health

Medical Card Reviews

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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134. To ask the Minister for Health if he will review the case of persons (details supplied) in County Sligo who have severe medical needs; his views on whether these persons warrant a full medical card and not the general practitioner visit card which they have been offered; if he will personally read the letters sent by various medical professionals, from within and without the Health Service Executive asking that these persons be granted full medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44512/14]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.


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