Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1210)

Carol Nolan

Question:

1210. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health his plans to remove the prescription charge for persons with a cancer diagnosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32103/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Programme for Partnership Government contains a commitment to reduce the cost of medicines by reducing the prescription charge for medical card holders.

In line with this commitment, in Budget 2019 I announced a reduction in the prescription charge to €1.50, subject to a monthly cap of €15, for all medical card holders over the age of 70. This reduction came into effect on 1 April 2019.

This announcement follows on from my commitment in last year's Budget, where I reduced the prescription charge to €2 for all medical card holders aged under 70. 

I intend to consider further proposals for reductions in the prescription charge for medical card holders, in the context of the implementation of the health commitments in the Programme for Government and with regard to the funding available.