Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (366)

John Brady

Question:

366. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if asylum seekers in temporary accommodation are granted medical cards; the process for accessing such medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28281/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In accordance with the provisions of the Health Act 1970 (as amended), eligibility for a medical card is determined by the HSE. Asylum seekers living in direct provision must complete and submit a Medical Card application form to the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Medical Card Unit (NMCU) for assessment.

Medical Cards are issued to Asylum Seekers where their application is supported by relevant documentation (confirmation that they are in receipt of Asylum Seekers Weekly Payment). Medical Cards are issued to Asylum Seekers for one year and are subject to normal review thereafter.