The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings.
Under the primary legislation an NHSS applicant may apply for certain items of expenditure to be taken into account and netted off against their means prior to the calculation of their contribution. These items are referred to as allowable deductions. An applicant can apply for the following to be deducted:
- Health Expenses such a doctors' fees, pharmacy costs and prescription charges;
- Interest on loans related to the applicants principal primary residence;
- Rent Payments; and
- Property Tax.
As the deputy makes reference to health expenses and medical cards I wish to confirm that eligibility for a medical card has no relevance as to what health expenses an applicant can apply for as an allowable deduction when applying to the scheme.