Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (308)

Martin Heydon


308. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to extending the general practitioner visit card to include carers that are in receipt of the carer's support grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39972/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Since 1 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.