596. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of persons covered by medical cards as of 1 March 2018. (Question 12533/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As of 1 March 2018 there are 1,602,401 (33.4% of the population) Medical Cards in circulation.
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597. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of persons covered by GP visit cards as of 1 March 2018. (Question 12534/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As of 1 March 2018 there were 493,618 (10.3% of the population) GP Visit Cards in circulation.
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397. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of persons covered by medical cards on 1 December 2017. (Question 53848/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 397 and 398 together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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398. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of persons covered by general practitioner visit cards on 1 December 2017. (Question 53849/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 397 and 398 together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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362. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards for persons over 70 years of age in circulation as of 31 October 2017 for each local health area, in tabular form. (Question 51201/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 363 together.
As these are service matters they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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363. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of discretionary medical cards in circulation as of 31 October 2017 for each local health area, in tabular form. (Question 51202/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 363 together.
As these are service matters they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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776. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of over 70s GP only cards in circulation by local health office as of 30 June 2017. (Question 36914/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.
The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to u...

1268. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards and general practitioner cards respectively as of 1 August 2017; and the number of each type of card issued on a discretionary basis as of 1 August 2017. (Question 38931/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1268 and 1269 together.
As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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1269. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards in each LHO, local health office, as of 1 August 2017; and the figures for each LHO on 1 January 2017. (Question 38932/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1268 and 1269 together.
As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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632. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 July 2017; the number of general practitioner cards on the same date; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. (Question 33908/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to ...

692. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards for persons over 70 years of age in circulation by LHO as of 30 June 2017. (Question 33968/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to ...

796. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 March 2017; the number of general practitioner cards on the same date; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. (Question 13115/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The table displays the number of medical cards as of 1 March 2017. These figures were provided by the HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Service to the Department of Health.
 Type of Card Number of cards nationally Medical Cards (inclusive of discretionary) 1,658,730 GP Visit Cards (inclusive of discretionary) 475,184 Discretionary Medical Cards 118,228 Discretionary GP Visit Cards 35,350 
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389. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards to be provided in 2016; and the likely full year costs in 2016 if the projection is not met. (Question 40945/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE’s National Service Plan 2016 was prepared on the basis of an assumption that, in the course of the year, medical card numbers would reduce from 1,725,767 to 1,675,767. This full level of reduction was not experienced and the National Service Plan 2017, which was published yesterday, indicates an assumed end-2016 figure of 1,697,081 medical cards. The additional funding provided in the Revised Estimate for my Department, which was passed by the...

407. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards and general practitioner cards as of 1 December 2016; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. (Question 40963/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The cards numbers requested by the Deputy are detailed as follows:

 Card Type 01/12/2016 Total Cards Medical cards 1,695,680 of which granted involving discretion 114,893 GP Visit cards 469.628 of which granted involving discretion 44,932 
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416. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of over 70s medical cards in circulation at the end of November for each of the years 2012 to 2016 to date, for each local health area, in tabular form. (Question 40972/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.
The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to u...

212. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 November 2016; the number of general practitioner cards on 1 November 2016; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on 1 November 2016. (Question 36825/16 asked on 24 Nov 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 November 2016, as requested by the Deputy:
 Card Type Total Cards Medical cards 1,700,803 of which granted involving discretion 113,210 GP Visit cards 467,001 of which granted involving discretion 44,600 
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152. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 October 2016; the number of general practitioner cards on the same date; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date (Question 33250/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 October 2016, as requested by the Deputy:
 Card Type Total Cards Medical cards 1,705,791 of which granted involving discretion 111,904 GP Visit cards 463,901 of which granted involving discretion 44,320 
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1470. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 September 2016 or the latest date available; the number of general practitioner cards on the same date; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. (Question 26309/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 September 2016, as requested by the Deputy:
 Card Type Total Cards Medical cards 1,709,957 of which granted involving discretion 110,453 GP Visit cards 460,427 of which granted involving discretion 44,034 
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648. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health to provide an updated projection on the number of medical cards to be provided in 2016; the additional costs that have arisen to date in 2016 owing to the HSE service plan’s projection not being met; and the likely full year costs in 2016 of the projection not being met. (Question 24076/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to provide the Deputy with the information requested.
The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier...

364. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards as of 1 July 2016; the number of general practitioner cards on the same date; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date (Question 23321/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 July 2016, as requested by the Deputy: 
 Card Type Total Cards Medical cards 1,727,551 of which granted involving discretion 107,679 GP Visit cards 454,952 of which granted involving discretion 43,403 
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374. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health to provide in tabular form at the end of June 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for each local health area, the number of over 70s medical cards in circulation. (Question 23331/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to provide the Deputy with the information requested.
The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier...

602. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards; the number of general practitioner cards; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis as of 1 March 2016. (Question 7143/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 602 and 603 together.
The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 March 2016, as requested by the Deputy:
 Card Type Total Cards Of Which Over 70’s Medical cards 1,732,749 332,967 of which granted involving discretion 102,118 8,443 GP Visit cards 441,054 82,471 of which granted involving discretion 41,973 43 
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603. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of over 70s medical cards; the number of over 70s general practitioner cards; and the number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis as of 1 March 2016. (Question 7144/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 602 and 603 together.
The following are Medical Card and General Practitioner Visit Card figures as of 1 March 2016, as requested by the Deputy:
 Card Type Total Cards Of Which Over 70’s Medical cards 1,732,749 332,967 of which granted involving discretion 102,118 8,443 GP Visit cards 441,054 82,471 of which granted involving discretion 41,973 43 
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304. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of medical cards, the number of general practitioner cards, the number of each type of card issued on a discretionary basis; and the number for each type of card assigned to persons over 70 years of age as of 1 February 2016. (Question 4823/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Please see medical and GP visit card figures in the following table for those aged 70 and over at 1 February 2016, as requested by the Deputy.
 Card Type Total Cards Medical cards for those 70 and over 333,115 of which granted involving discretion 8,285 GP Visit cards for those 70 and over 81,266 of which granted involving discretion 50 
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265. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he is aware of the number of senior citizens in Dublin Central who have been denied a medical card or had their medical card renewal refused, and the number of applications, refusals and rejections for medical cards in the relevant local health offices for Dublin Central for persons over 65 years of age in the past five years; why a person in (details supplied) in Dublin 7 was refused a medical card; and if the application will be reviewed (Question 3654/16 asked on 28 Jan 2016 - Medical Card Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, wh...