Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (845, 846)

Cormac Devlin

Question:

845. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Health the number of patients availing of the type 2 diabetes cycle of care programme in 2018, 2019 and 2020; the cost of the programme to date; if he plans to extend it to patients with type 2 diabetes who do not have a medical card or general practitioner only visit card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6948/21]

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Cormac Devlin

Question:

846. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Health the evaluation of the type 2 diabetes cycle of care that has been undertaken; the number of general practitioners that have returned their annual audit data for each of the past five years; if the audit data for each year has been evaluated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6949/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 845 and 846 together.

People who cannot, without undue hardship, arrange for the provision of medical services for themselves and their dependants may be entitled to a medical card. In the assessment process, the HSE can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a family. People who are not eligible for a medical card may still be able to avail of a GP visit card, which covers the cost of GP consultations.

Diabetes is currently listed on the Long-Term Illness Scheme which means that patients can receive a range of medicines from their community pharmacy without charge.

As the Diabetes cycle of care is run by the HSE, I have referred the Deputy's question to them for direct reply as soon as possible.