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Medical Cards

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 22 July 2020

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Questions (215)

James Browne


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.