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Written answers

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Department of Health

Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage

Photo of Tony McLoughlinTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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396. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1195 of 11 September 2017, the reason chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is not included on the long-term illness benefit list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40665/17]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As I stated in parliamentary question 1195 of 11 September 2017 there are no plans to extend or amend the list of conditions covered by the LTI Scheme.

The LTI Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the scheme are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; 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. Under the LTI Scheme, patients receive drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of their illness, free of charge.

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Posted on 3 Oct 2017 2:24 am (Report this comment)

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