Medical Card Reviews

Questions (175)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

175. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21646/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.

Health Services Provision

Questions (176)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

176. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position regarding therapy in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21655/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

Questions (177)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

177. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Health the reason patients with medical cards in counties Cork and Kerry, who have successfully completed treatment for breast cancer, only receive a supply of prosthesis and special underwear for support every two years when patients in other areas receive a yearly supply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21663/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

All women who have had breast cancer surgery are entitled to their first prosthesis and two bras free of charge. A set policy is not in place in regard to the longer-term provision of bras to post-mastectomy patients who hold medical cards.

A national group has recently been established in the HSE to review practices in the area of aids and appliances. As part of this work, it will develop a national policy on the provision of prosthesis bras, as well as hairpieces, for cancer patients. It is anticipated that the Group will complete its work in the first half of 2015.

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Questions (178)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

178. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health if the Beaumont Hospital service plan for 2015 includes provision for a 15-room cystic fibrosis unit with a clean air filter system. [21665/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE has advised that discussions with the National Clinical Care Programme and the clinical care team on-site have identified (due to the increase in numbers within the service) a requirement for an increase in the number of in-patient single room accommodation for CF patients in Beaumont Hospital. The hospital and local HSE management are working through options in relation to this and anticipate putting forward a business case to address this requirement for the 2015 service plan.

Medical Card Applications

Questions (179)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

179. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if a general practitioner card has issued to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21666/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.

Nursing Home Beds

Questions (180)

Brian Stanley

Question:

180. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health the number of beds that can be utilised in Mountmellick nursing home; the number of patients that can be provided for; and apart from St. Joseph's ward the number of beds not in use. [21675/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Health Services Provision

Questions (181)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

181. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health his views on the issues raised in correspondence regarding physio treatment in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21711/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the particular issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Eligibility

Questions (182)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

182. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if he will review the eligibility for a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21713/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.