Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Health

Medical Card Eligibility

Photo of Tony McLoughlinTony McLoughlin (Sligo-North Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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312. To ask the Minister for Health in view of the announcements of 25 November 2014 regarding the default position for discretionary medical cards for persons with terminal illnesses, the reason a person (details supplied) in County Sligo with a discretionary card due to a terminal illness, expiry date 30 November 2014, has now been issued with a general practitioner visit card and was not offered to have the discretionary medical card reinstated, and must now reapply to the primary care reimbursement service for full review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46885/14]

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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