Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (178)

Billy Kelleher


178. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if there will be any changes to the qualifying criteria in respect of medical cards for the under-70s in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56148/12]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

It is intended to tighten the rules relating to a person’s income and spending that is taken into account when carrying out the means test for the medical card. A date has not been set for the implementation of these new rules. In advance of that, the Department will develop this proposal in more detail in consultation with the HSE. The new rules and the implementation date will be announced and publicised in advance by the Department and the HSE.