Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (675)

Dan Neville

Question:

796 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children the entitlements of a medical card holder in respect of all health board services; and if these are different for those holding a medical card and are over 70 years. [2264/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Arrangements for the provision of services for medical card holders are a matter for the CEO of the relevant health board to decide. A medical card holder is entitled to services from his or her general practitioner and community pharmacist, for the dispensing of approved prescribed drugs and medicines free of charge. He or she is also entitled to public out-patient and in-patient services in public hospitals and to a range of services in the community. There may be an age factor for some services — for example, 65 years for those requiring chiropody treatment.