Written Answers. - Health Board Funding.

Liam Twomey

Question:

338 Dr. Twomey asked the Minister for Health and Children the per capita cost of health in each health board area taking into account all funding such as health board budgets, funds to voluntary hospitals and any extra funding provided; and if he will give a breakdown of such costs. [11059/03]

The amount of health funding available to each of the health boards and the ERHA on aper capita basis is set out in the following table:

Area

Population 2002

Original Determination

Funding per Capita

€000s

€000s

Dublin

1,122,600

Kildare

163,995

Wicklow

114,719

ERHA Total

1,401,314

2,917,989

2.082

Laois

58,732

Offaly

63,702

Westmeath

72,027

Longford

31,127

MHB Total

225,588

365,103

1.618

Clare

103,333

Limerick

175,529

Tipperary N/R

61,068

MWHB Total*

339,930

532,360

1.566

Louth

101,802

Meath

133,936

Cavan

56,416

Monaghan

52,772

NEHB Total

344,926

483,079

1.401

Donegal

137,383

Sligo

58,178

Leitrim

25,815

NWHB Total

221,376

431,229

1.948

Kilkenny

80,421

Carlow

45,845

Waterford

101,518

Wexford

116,543

Tipperary S/R

79,213

SEHB Total

423,540

629,959

1.487

Cork

448,181

Kerry

132,424

SHB Total*

580,605

935,318

1.611

Mayo

117,428

Galway

208,826

Roscommon

53,803

WHB

380,057

700,695

1.844

Total

3,917,336

69,957.32

1,786

*MWHB total includes St Johns Hospital, Limerick and SHB total includes Mercy Hospital, Cork, South Infirmary/Royal Victoria Hospital, Cork, and Cork University Dental School and Hospital.
There are varying levels of funding in each of the health boards and the ERHA. These differences reflect a number of factors which are taken into consideration such as demographic factors, the presence of national-regional specialties and the instances of patient transfer from board to board.