Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (956)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

956. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 216 of 10 September 2020, when the relevant section will be commenced of the Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020 (details supplied); if decisions on the associated funding for the measure have been finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27168/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for those aged 70 and over to €550 per week for a single person and to €1,050 per week for a couple.

Although it had been originally intended that this measure would be implemented from July this year, it was not possible to legislate for the necessary amendments to the 1970 Health Act to provide for this measure until there was a fully constituted Dáil and Seanad.

While the relevant section providing for the increased limits has not yet been commenced, decisions on the associated funding requirements and potential implementation date are being actively considered.