Written Answers. - Nursing Homes.

Richard Bruton

Question:

559 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children the average rate of payment of nursing home subvention per patient covered in each of the health boards; the proportion of persons in receipt of nursing home subvention who receive a payment in excess of £120 per week in each health board area; and if he will introduce changes in the scheme in order that the entitlement of applicants can be more transparent. [19801/00]

The following table lists the average weekly nursing home subvention payment in the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and the health boards and the proportion of persons in receipt of nursing home subvention who receive a payment in excess of £120 per week.

Health Authority/Health Board

Average Rate of Paymentper week

Proportion in receipt of excess of £120 per week

£

%

ERHA

116

41

Midland Health Board

105.46

0.3

Mid Western Health Board

99.98

0

North Eastern Health Board

111.10

23

North Western Health Board

110

49

South Eastern Health Board

120

15

Southern Health Board

120

29

Western Health Board

104

2

Total Average

110.81

20

The Second Schedule of the Nursing Homes (Subvention) Regulations, 1993 sets out the rules for the assessment of means in respect of an application for a nursing home subvention. The entire scheme is currently the subject of an expenditure review by my Department and the Department of Finance.