Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Questions (341, 400)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

341. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter regarding the refusal of the long-term illness scheme for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14959/17]

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Tony McLoughlin

Question:

400. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to adding Crohn's disease to the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15382/17]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 341 and 400 together.

The LTI Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; haemophilia; spina bifida; hydrocephalus; and conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide. Under the LTI Scheme, patients receive drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of their illness, free of charge.

There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the Scheme.