Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (172)

Anthony Lawlor

Question:

172. Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Finance if a review of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 is currently under way to allow patients who self refer to claim reimbursement for physiotherapy expenses; if so, the progress that has been made with regard to reviewing the legislation; if it will be completed in advance of the Finance Bill in October; if not, the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31789/13]

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181. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider an amendment to the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 allowing for a return to the situation whereby patients are allowed to claim reimbursement for physiotherapy expenses when they self refer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31565/13]

241. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Finance his views on proposing an amendment to the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 that would return the situation whereby patients are allowed to claim reimbursement for physiotherapy expenses if they refer themselves. [31824/13]

Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 172, 181 and 241 together.

The position is, as I have stated on many occasions in the House, that this issue was raised during the debates in the Seanad on Finance Bill 2013, during which I agreed to re-examine the matter during the course of this year.

My Department is currently in the process of examining the issue and when the analysis is completed and the findings are presented to me, I will make any necessary decisions in the context of Finance (No 2) Bill 2013.