Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (847, 848)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

855 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of new medical cards issued during each year from 2006 to 2011 inclusive, and the number of cards cancelled during each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35336/12]

View answer

Billy Kelleher

Question:

869 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of new medical cards issued during each year from 2006 to 2011 inclusive; the number of cards cancelled during each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35445/12]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 855 and 869 together.

The figures below give the cumulative total of medical cards issued at year end from 2006 to date:

Date

Number of Medical Cards

End-2006

1,221,695

End-2007

1,276,178

End-2008

1,352,120

End-2009

1,478,560

End-2010

1,615,809

End-2011

1,694,063

May 2012

1,805,831

More detailed information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to compile this information and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.