Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007
Written Answers. - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.
Deputy Pádraic McCormack Deputy Pádraic McCormack
Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Health and Children the proposals she has to extend the nursing home refund scheme to patients who are in private nursing homes in contracted beds; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33818/07]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
Deputy Mary Harney: The Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 provides a clear legal framework to repay recoverable health charges for publicly funded long term residential care. All those fully eligible persons who were wrongly charged and are alive will have their charges repaid in full. The estates of all those fully eligible persons who were wrongly charged for publicly funded long term residential care and died since 9 December 1998 will have the charges repaid in full. The scheme does not allow for repayments to the estates of those who died prior to that date.
Recoverable health charges are charges which were imposed on persons with full eligibility under the Health (Charges for In-patient Services) Regulations 1976 as amended in 1987 or charges for in-patient services only, raised under the Institutional Assistance Regulations 1954 as amended in 1965. It is not my intention to extend the parameters of the health repayment scheme.
Question No. 266 answered with Question No. 244.
Dáil Éireann 643 Written Answers. Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.