Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (627)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

627. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which the number of medical cards has fluctuated in each of the past five years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30821/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The information sought by the Deputy is outlined below. The medical card service is demand led and the number of cards at any given time reflects those persons who have met the eligibility criteria governing the scheme.

Date

National Population

Number of Medical Cards

Medical Cards as % of National Population

Medical Cards Numbers - % increase year over year

End 2008

4,422,100

1,352,120

30.6%

-

End 2009

4,459,300

1,478,560

33.2%

9.4%

End 2010

4,470,700

1,615,809

36.1%

9.3%

End 2011

4,581,269

1,694,063

37.0%

4,8%

End 2012

4,585,400

1,853,877

40.4%

9.4%