Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (660)

Finian McGrath

Question:

660. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the reason the elderly and those who are ill in the Traveller community have been targeted disproportionately financially than any other category of citizens in the nursing home support scheme. [8077/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme is a system of financial support for people who require long-term nursing home care. Under the Scheme, nursing home resident's contribute towards the cost of their care based on their means, and the HSE pays the balance. The financial assessment under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme is the same irrespective of a person's age or whether they are a member of any particular community.