Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (651)

Gerald Nash

Question:

651. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Health if he will provide, on a county basis and in tabular form, the number of discretionary medical cards provided to persons in the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; if he will provide information on the percentage reductions year in year on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21519/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The information concerning the numbers of medical & GP visit cards granted, where discretion was involved, is provided in the table below as requested by the Deputy.

Statistics for medical and GP visit cards granted, where discretion was involved, are recorded from early 2012 onwards and so for comparative purposes, I have tabled figures for the three years available for 1 April. The HSE collate GMS statistical data by Local Health Office or by region and not by county.

Local Health Office

No.s of Discretionary Medical & GP Visit Cards @ 1/4/12

No.s of Discretionary Medical & GP Visit Cards @ 1/4/13

% Difference 2012 to 2013

No.s of Discretionary Medical & GP Visit Cards @ 1/4/14

% Difference 2013 to 2014

Carlow/ Kilkenny

1952

2209

13%

2457

11%

Cavan/ Monaghan

1454

1550

7%

1885

22%

Clare

3495

2854

-18%

2612

-8%

Cork - North Lee

6805

6123

-10%

5308

-13%

Cork - South Lee

3777

3593

-5%

3433

-4%

Donegal

2911

2616

-10%

3144

20%

Dublin North Central

1198

1370

14%

1672

22%

Dublin South City

706

831

18%

982

18%

Dublin South East

505

634

26%

738

16%

Dublin South West

3608

2823

-22%

2380

-16%

Dublin West

1853

1817

-2%

1908

5%

Dun Laoghaire

1146

811

-29%

741

-9%

Galway

3450

3644

6%

3931

8%

Kerry

3088

2940

-5%

3216

9%

Kildare/ West Wicklow

3662

3732

2%

3628

-3%

Laois/ Offaly

4648

4031

-13%

3961

-2%

Limerick

4091

3934

-4%

4008

2%

Longford/ Westmeath

2126

1945

-9%

2294

18%

Louth

741

1005

36%

1473

47%

Mayo

1970

2012

2%

2300

14%

Meath

676

1195

77%

1925

61%

North Cork

4372

3584

-18%

2858

-20%

North Dublin

5270

4183

-21%

3662

-12%

North Tipp./ East Limerick

3888

2840

-27%

2127

-25%

North West Dublin

1928

1795

-7%

2094

17%

Roscommon

1633

1487

-9%

1357

-9%

Sligo/ Leitrim

3090

2381

-23%

2184

-8%

South Tipperary

2357

2412

2%

2225

-8%

Waterford

3049

2866

-6%

2786

-3%

West Cork

1963

1638

-17%

1362

-17%

Wexford

1698

1913

13%

2379

24%

Wicklow

1914

1684

-12%

1646

-2%