265. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if transplant patients who must take immunosuppressant medication for the rest of their lives following transplantations will be covered under the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19688/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; haemophilia; spina bifida; hydrocephalus; and conditions arising from the use of ...

146. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health his plans to add the freestyle libre blood monitoring sensor to the long term illness scheme or reimbursement scheme; the position regarding plans to add this to either scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48272/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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274. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if he will include anti-coagulation strips in the long-term illness scheme or the drugs repayment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44983/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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579. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health to include tuberculosis under the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6972/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973 and 1975 specifying the conditions covered by the LTI Scheme, which are as follows: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; ...

589. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health to add fibromyalgia to the long-term illness scheme; the measures he is taking to raise awareness of fibromyalgia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6200/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 417, 531 and 589 together.
The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973 and 1975 specifying the conditions covered by the LTI Scheme, which are as follows: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies;...