Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Ceisteanna (567)

Billy Timmins


567. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a breakdown of the cost of the average medical card, including the direct cost to the general practitioner; a breakdown of the indirect cost, to include the cost of drugs and other schemes which the medical card permits exemption; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24752/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Given the large number of medical card holders, GP visit card holders, the variety of payment arrangements and the variation in drug costs, a single average annual cost figure in respect of the medical card and GP visit card is not a sufficiently refined measure for analysis.

The HSE has estimated that the average cost of services per eligible cardholder in 2012 was around €1,026. This comprises of payment of an average of €243 per cardholder to GPs and payment to pharmacists of €783 per person who availed of drugs.

The HSE has stated that the cost of a medical card is heavily dependent on the age of the cardholder and can range from €200 for a cardholder aged 16 to 44 as compared to €2,000 for a person aged over 70. The average cost of a medical card in any year is dependent on the mix of cardholders.

The additional information requested by the Deputy is not available