Medical Card Reviews

Questions (202)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

202. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form details of the number of medical card reviews that have taken place for those over 70 years of age in each month of 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23839/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Medical Card Eligibility

Questions (203)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

203. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the grounds on which a medical card application was refused in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if the application will be reconsidered as matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23843/14]

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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.

Orthodontic Service Provision

Questions (204)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Question:

204. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a large number of children are awaiting orthodontic treatment in the midlands Health Service Executive area and that no consultant orthodontist has been appointed; the steps he is taking to have this vacancy filled as soon as possible to enable the persons on the waiting list to be treated; the steps he will take to ensure children who qualify for treatment and have not received that treatment by the age of 18 years will be treated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23847/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

An independent national review of orthodontic services, commissioned by the HSE, has recently been completed. The key issue highlighted by the review is that the Orthodontic Service should be fully integrated within the Primary Care Service. This is under consideration by the HSE to be implemented as part of the HSE's Transformation Programme. Pilot schemes, which will involve the use of orthodontic therapists, are currently being introduced. It is expected that these changes will have a positive impact on waiting times nationally. The HSE has been asked to examine the specific queries raised by the Deputy concerning the Midlands Area and to reply to her as soon as possible.

Medical Card Eligibility

Questions (205)

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

205. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Health if he will investigate the circumstances regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4; if he will review the recent refusal of a medical card and ensure a medical card will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23856/14]

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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.

Medical Card Eligibility

Questions (206)

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

206. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Health if he will investigate the circumstances regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6; if the Minister will ensure the medical card will be reinstated and-or renewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23857/14]

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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.

Medical Card Applications

Questions (207)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

207. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if he will outline documentation pending in respect of an application for a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23858/14]

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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.

Hospital Staff Recruitment

Questions (208)

Pat Deering

Question:

208. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when a radiographer will be appointed to the X-ray department in St. Dymphna's Hospital, County Carlow. [23861/14]

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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.

Medical Card Data

Questions (209, 210, 211, 212)

John O'Mahony

Question:

209. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of medical card applications that are with medical advisers in the primary care reimbursement service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23889/14]

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John O'Mahony

Question:

210. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health the length of time it is taking medical advisers for medical card applications to process medical reviews in primary care reimbursement service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23890/14]

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John O'Mahony

Question:

211. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of medical advisers in the primary care reimbursement service reviewing medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23891/14]

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John O'Mahony

Question:

212. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health the qualifications of the medical advisers who are carrying out the reviews of medical cards in the primary care reimbursement service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23892/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 to 212, inclusive, together.

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.