Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ceisteanna (326)

Thomas P. Broughan


326. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the frequency with which the list of medications covered by the Health Service Executive Primary Care Reimbursement Service is reviewed; and the reasons medications required to prepare patients to undergo the procedure of a colonoscopy are not covered by the HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Service [44924/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Reimbursement List is updated on a monthly basis with products which have applied for addition to the Reimbursement List where they satisfy the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.

Separately, the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013 provides that the HSE must review all items currently reimbursable under the GMS and community drug schemes within three to five years to determine if they should remain on the reimbursement list and, if so, what price should apply.

Colonoscopies are not carried out in the community setting therefore it is expected that hospital authorities would make comprehensive arrangements to provide all of a patient's requirements in connection with a diagnostic and/or surgical service that the hospital provides.