Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (215)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

215. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40601/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Medical card holders are required to pay a prescription charge of €2.00 per item for medicines and other prescription items supplied to them by community pharmacists under the General Medical Services scheme. This charge is subject to a monthly cap of €20 for each person or family.

Pharmacies are obliged by law to collect prescription charges on behalf of the HSE.

Any future changes to the prescription charge is a matter which I intend to consider in the context of the implementation of the health commitments in the Programme for Partnership Government, having regard to the funding available to facilitate such measures.