Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (478, 479, 480, 481, 482, 483)

Gerry Adams

Question:

478. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the total spend on the treatment abroad scheme in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. [11123/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

479. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the date on which the processing of treatment abroad scheme applications was centralised in County Kilkenny. [11124/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

480. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of applications that have been received for the treatment abroad scheme since it was centralised in County Kilkenny; and the number that have been accepted or rejected. [11125/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

481. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of applications received by the treatment abroad scheme in 2011; the number accepted; and the number rejected. [11126/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

482. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of applications received by the treatment abroad scheme in 2012; the number accepted; and the number rejected. [11127/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

483. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of applications for the treatment abroad scheme that have been received in 2013; the number accepted; and the number rejected. [11128/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 478 to 483, inclusive, together.

The centralisation of the processing of applications for the Treatment Abroad Scheme in Kilkenny took place over the period September 2011 to August 2012. The following table provides a breakdown of application received, approved and declined and the cost of same from 2008 to date:

Year

Application

Approved Applications

Declined Applications

Total Cost

2008

403

372

31

€6,003,313

2009

390

363

27

€10,228,928

2010

430

355

22

€4,499,806

2011

481

388

48

€2,212,389

2012

858

791

41

€7,415,570

Please note that the breakdown of applications approved and declined for the Limerick TAS office is not available and is excluded from the 2010 and 2011 figures. The 2011 information above relates to information available through the central TAS office only. The full information from all of the previous 10 regional offices is not available. As invoices from the various countries where treatment has been received by patients are received in arrears, the total cost figures for 2010 and 2011 are likely to change. The total number of applications received to date for 2013 is 126, of which 116 have been approved and 8 declined.