Dáil Éireann - Volume 678 - 12 March, 2009

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of medical cards applied for in January and February of 2007, 2008 and 2009. [10617/09]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Details of the number of medical card holders are provided to my Department each month by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The figures are provided on a net basis, showing the balance after new cards have been issued and other cards, as appropriate, have been deleted from the Executive’s database, e.g. following a review of a person’s circumstances. The information sought by the Deputy is not provided by the HSE to my Department as a matter of routine. My Department has therefore requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to address this matter and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.