Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (935)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

935. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health when he expects the review of medical cards to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23263/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

At Minister Reilly's request, the HSE is currently examining how individuals, who are not entitled to a medical card, could still receive services that meet their needs. This examination is ongoing and relates to all of the services and supports provided by the HSE and with regard to as much flexibility as is available at a local level. In addition, additional information will be provided and local information points will be established at major health centres around the country, where members of the public can obtain comprehensive information and support in accessing the full range of supports from the Health Services.

The clear intention is to maximise the supports that can be provided in each case to the fullest extent possible. The HSE is seeking to find the best way to achieve this in order to ensure families will receive the support they need. I am advised that proposals are near completion and I look forward to receiving them.