Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (179)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

179. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if he will to highlight the urgency of a GMS card for a person (details supplied) to PCRS as this person requires urgent life saving medication for Ischaemic heart disease which they are unable to afford without cover as they are only in receipt of a social welfare payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28685/14]

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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.