Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (169)

Billy Kelleher


169. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide, in tabular form, a breakdown of the way the €323 million reduction in the cost of primary care schemes will be achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56001/12]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Due to the very difficult and challenging economic environment the Government has committed to achieving additional savings in health expenditure during 2013 and 2014 with €781m savings targeted in 2013. The Government is committed to achieving these savings while protecting front line services to the most vulnerable to the greatest extent possible. Reductions in the cost of Primary Care Schemes will contribute €323m towards this overall savings target, as set out in the following table:

Primary Care Reimbursement Service

IPHA/APMI Agreement on Drug Price Reductions

€120 million

Quality Prescribing Initiative

€20 million

Reduce price of oral nutritional supplements

€5 million

Reduce fees payable to health professionals

€70 million

Increase prescription charges

€51 million

Delisting products from GMS scheme

€15 million

Changes in means test for medical cards

€20 million

Replace medical cards with GP visit cards for persons over 70 with high incomes

€12 million

Increase DPS threshold

€10 million

Total Primary Care Schemes

€323 million