Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Long Term Diseases.

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asked the Minister for Health if he will include specially defined cardiac conditions in the list of long term diseases for which free treatment is available under schemes administered by his Department.

If the Deputy indicates the specific conditions he has in mind, I shall have the possibility of including them in the scheme referred to examined, but in the consideration so far of this, such conditions have not been suggested for inclusion.

Is the Minister yet in a position to make an announcement about the addition of other chronic diseases for which free treatment will be available?

Not quite yet. I hope to be in a position to do so soon.

Before the recess?

I could not promise that.

This year?

Possibly this year.