Hospital Charges

Question No. 502 answered with Question No. 475.

Questions (501)

Billy Timmins

Question:

501. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a hospital payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11181/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The A&E charge which is currently €100, is provided for by the Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 1994 (as amended). The charge applies to persons attending Accident and Emergency and Casualty Departments subject to exemptions set out in these regulations, including medical card holders and those who have a letter of referral from a registered medical practitioner. A "registered medical practitioner" is defined by the Medical Practitioner Act 2007, as a medical practitioner whose name is on the register maintained by the medical council in Ireland under the provisions of Section 43 (1) of the 2007 Act.

Question No. 502 answered with Question No. 475.

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Questions (503)

Gerald Nash

Question:

503. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Health if he will review the terms of the treatment abroad scheme to ensure that reasonable accommodation and baggage costs are included for patients with mobility issues who are required to avail of the scheme on a frequent basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11188/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE operates a treatment abroad scheme (TAS) for persons entitled to treatment in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland under EU Regulation 883/04 and Implementing Regulation 987/09 and in accordance with Department of Health and Children Guidelines. Within these governing EU Regulations and the Department of Health and Children’s Guidelines, the TAS provides for the cost of approved treatments in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland through the issue of form E112 (IE). Under the Regulations there are no provisions obliging the State to make payments towards accommodation and baggage costs of people availing of treatment under the TAS. Nevertheless, in exceptional circumstances, and despite budgetary pressures generally on the budget of the Health Service Executive, some discretionary assistance is made available on a case by case basis.

Primary Care Strategy

Questions (504)

Peter Mathews

Question:

504. Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the progress made on the provision of free general practitioner care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11190/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government's Programme for Government committed it to major reforms of the manner in which health services are delivered. As part of the reform programme, Universal Primary Care is to be introduced on a phased basis during its term of office. Primary legislation is being prepared to give effect to this commitment. The wording of this legislation, which will allow the Minister for Health to make regulations to extend access to GP services without fees to persons with prescribed illnesses, is currently being drafted by the Office of the Attorney General and the Department. As the legislation is still being drafted, I am not in a position to give a definite date for its publication. Details of an implementation timeframe, illnesses to be covered etc and application details will be announced in due course.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Questions (505)

Barry Cowen

Question:

505. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a hospital appointment. [11192/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to waiting list management in general, the National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists. In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Questions (506)

Barry Cowen

Question:

506. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a hospital appointment. [11193/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to waiting list management in general, the National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists. In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Question No. 508 answered with Question No. 460.

Question No. 509 answered with Question No. 499.

Questions (507)

Barry Cowen

Question:

507. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a hospital appointment. [11194/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to waiting list management in general, the National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists. In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Question No. 508 answered with Question No. 460.
Question No. 509 answered with Question No. 499.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Questions (510)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Question:

510. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Health if he will advise on the average waiting time to see a consultant ophthalmologist in Beaumont Hospital and if he will provide an update on the position on a waiting list in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 who has been on the list since September 2012. [11218/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to waiting list management in general, the National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists. In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Patient Statistics

Questions (511)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

511. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the total number off persons on dialysis; the number of persons that attend at each hospital for dialysis and if these figures can broken down for hospital haemodialysis, PD dialysis including CAPD and APD and home dialysis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11225/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Services

Questions (512)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

512. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the average annual cost of providing dialysis on a per person basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11226/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Organ Donation

Questions (513, 514, 515, 516, 517)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

513. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of living donors that made kidney donations in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11227/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

514. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the cost of a living donor transplant operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11228/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

515. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the cost of a transplant operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11229/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

516. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of deceased donors in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11230/13]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

517. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the number of deceased donors who came from each acute hospital in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11231/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 513 to 517, inclusive, together.

The number of both living and deceased donors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 is set out in the following table.

2010

2011

2012

Deceased Donors

58

93

78

Living donors

23

27

32

Total Transplants

174

275

239

Donor Rate (per million population)

13.68

20.3

17.03

The HSE's National Operational Plan for 2013 provides for additional funding of €3.5m and 30 WTEs to enable Beaumont Hospital to perform 50 live donor transplants in 2013 as part of an expansion of the Live Donor Transplantation Programme aiming to achieve up to 100 live donor transplants annually by 2015. The Operational Plan also includes a commitment to maintain/increase the number of solid organ transplants, to a minimum of 200 renal transplants (deceased and living), 20 lung transplants, 15 heart transplants and 54 liver transplants in 2013. In conjunction with the HSE's National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office I am considering what practices and organisational changes could further improve donation rates in Ireland. I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the specific issues raised.

Medical Card Appeals

Questions (518)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

518. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if a decision has been made on a medical card appeal in respect of a person (details provided) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11232/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.