Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1822)

Seán Fleming

Question:

1822. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an arrangement is in place for costs to be covered in respect of optical procedures in circumstances in which the process has been carried out and paid for on a private basis; if recoupment can be made based on the full PRSI records of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35448/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Under the treatment benefit scheme, PRSI contributors with the required number of paid or credited contributions and their dependent spouses can avail of free eye examinations and the provision and repair of spectacles.

There is currently no provision under the scheme to cover any cost associated with cataract surgery or any of the associated procedures referred to in the Deputy's question.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.