Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (577)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

577. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide details on the number of persons who attended general practitioners based in each of the health centres in County Limerick during the years 2011 and 2012 with full medical cards and those who attended with GP visit cards. [30268/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) is not configured to provide the figures as requested by the Deputy. General Practitioners participating in the GMS Scheme are paid a monthly capitation fee per patient regardless of the number of times the patient attends the GP. Consequently, information on the frequency of attendance to a GP of eligible persons is not captured.

Nationally, at 31st December 2012 there were 131,102 eligible persons holding GP Visit Cards and 1,853,877 eligible persons holding Medical Cards. The following table shows the number of eligible persons holding GP Visit Cards and Medical Cards at 31st December 2012 in North Tipperary/East Limerick and Limerick Local Health Office areas.

LHO AREA

NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE PERSONS ON GP VISIT CARDS

as at 31st December 2012

NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE PERSONS ON MEDICAL CARDS as at 31st December 2012

NORTH TIPPERARY/EAST LIMERICK

2,470

31,506

LIMERICK

5,475

80,411