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Medical Cards

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 22 July 2020

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Questions (215)

James Browne

Question:

215. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the position on the increased income thresholds for medical card applicants over 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17550/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020 was published on 1 July. This Bill provides, amongst other things, for the necessary legislative amendments to increase the weekly gross medical card income limits for those aged 70 and over to €550 per week for a single person (currently €500 per week) and to €1,050 for a couple (currently €900 per week). The Bill is expected to proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas this week.

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