Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (593)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

593. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health if help is available under the long-term illness scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21085/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Persons suffering from prescribed conditions can get free drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances for the treatment of the prescribed condition(s) under the Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme.

Parkinsonism is one of the prescribed conditions covered under the LTI Scheme. Persons with a diagnosis of parkinsonism, that have not already done so, should contact their HSE Local Health Office for an LTI Scheme application form.

Under the Drug Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €144 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines.

In addition, people who cannot, without undue hardship, arrange for the provision of medical services for themselves and their dependants may be entitled to a medical card. In the assessment process, the Health Service Executive can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a family. Those who are not eligible for a medical card may still be able to avail of a GP visit card, which covers the cost of GP consultations.

In relation to the individual case cited, the HSE is responsible for the administration of the primary care schemes, therefore, this matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.