Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Gay Mitchell

Question:

563 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 is entitled to a medical card in view of the circumstances. [1594/99]

The determination of eligibility for medical cards is the responsibility of the chief executive officer of the appropriate health board. I, as Minister for Health and Children, do not have a function in the issue of medical cards to individuals. However, as the determination of eligibility of the person concerned rests with the chief executive officer of the Eastern Health Board I have asked him to have the matter investigated and to reply directly to you.