Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

319 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when medical cards will be issued to persons over the age of 80; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7485/01]

In the Budget 2001 package, this Government announced its intention to extend the eligibility for a medical card to all persons aged 70 and over to come into effect on 1 July 2001.