Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (319)

Carol Nolan


319. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will extend the general practitioner visit card to carers in receipt of the carer's support grant in Budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38473/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Since 01 September 2018 all those in receipt of either a full or half-rate Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit are automatically eligible for a GP service free of charge. There are currently no plans to extend GP visit Cards to persons specifically in receipt of a Carer's Support Grant (formerly known as the Respite Care Grant), however it is noted that many persons in receipt of this Grant will qualify for a GP visit card as the Carer's Support Grant is paid automatically to persons in receipt of Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit.