Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (287)

Brendan Howlin


287. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health the status of the €100 fee for those seeking post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PEP) here through emergency departments; if the fee will be waived; when this will come into effect; if his Department has been consulted on this for legal advice by the HSE; if he will waive the fee for non-EU nationals accessing the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30349/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health (Out-Patient Charges) Regulations 2013, provide that, subject to specified exemptions, a charge shall be made for out-patient services provided at an emergency department, or any other facility providing similar services, in respect of the first occasion the service is provided in relation to each episode of care.

The Regulations sets out a number of categories of persons who are exempt from this charge including: a person with full eligibility; a child up to the age of 6 weeks; a child in respect of prescribed diseases of a permanent or long term nature; a person who has a letter of referral from a registered general practitioner, and a person whose attendance results in admission as an in-patient.

There are currently no plans to revise the format of the charge or exempt further categories of persons from the charge.