Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (319)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

319. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will extend the general practitioner visit card to carers in receipt of the carer's support grant in Budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38473/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Since 01 September 2018 all those in receipt of either a full or half-rate Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit are automatically eligible for a GP service free of charge. There are currently no plans to extend GP visit Cards to persons specifically in receipt of a Carer's Support Grant (formerly known as the Respite Care Grant), however it is noted that many persons in receipt of this Grant will qualify for a GP visit card as the Carer's Support Grant is paid automatically to persons in receipt of Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit.