Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (118)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

118. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason he stated in Dáil Éireann on 27 February 2014 that the Health Service Executive guaranteed to him that persons who have been selected for review of their medical card will be approached at least three months in advance of a review when in fact this is not the case in practice (details supplied); if he is satisfied that he is supplied with the most accurate information by the HSE in this regard; the way it is expected to ensure that this guarantee is followed in every case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14899/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

All medical card and GP visit card holders are subject to a periodic review of eligibility to determine continuing eligibility. Ordinarily, three months before an individual's existing medical card/GP visit card eligibility expiry date, a review notification issues to the individual (or their parents, in the case of a child).

I am advised by the HSE that it has not been able to investigate this case with the individual details provided by the Deputy. If the Deputy will provide further information on the individual, I will arrange for the HSE to respond directly on this matter.