Written answers

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Department of Health

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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607. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding awarding long-term illness cards to patients who are diagnosed with the non-exempt types of diabetes. [34732/15]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973, and 1975 specifying the conditions covered by the LTI Scheme, which are as follows: Acute Leukaemia; Intellectual Disability; Cerebral Palsy; Mental Illness (in a person under 16); Cystic Fibrosis; Multiple Sclerosis; Diabetes Insipidus; Muscular Dystrophies; Diabetes Mellitus; Parkinsonism; Epilepsy; Phenylketonuria; Haemophilia; Spina Bifida; Hydrocephalus; and conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide. There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the LTI Scheme.

Patients who have types of diabetes not covered under the LTI Scheme may apply for assistance under other community drugs schemes; namely, the General Medical Services (medical card) and Drugs Payment Schemes.


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