Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health the percentage and number of people living in Waterford City and County who are in receipt of medical cards, general practitioner only cards, drugs refund scheme.
The Health Service Executive was requested to reply directly:
As at 31st December 2012, 58,774 persons had eligibility for medical cards and 3,805 persons had eligibility for GP Visit cards in Waterford City and County. Nationally 1,853,877 persons have medical card eligibility and 131,102 have GP visit cards. The figure for the number of persons covered by the Drug Payments Scheme in 2012 is not available yet, however, as at 31st December 2011 34,831 persons held Drug Payment Scheme card in Waterford City and County while nationally the figure was 1,518,241.