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New figures supplied to MI by the HSE show that 2015 saw a total of 727 Parliamentary Questions (PQs) regarding the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS), which is responsible for medical card applications.
“This demonstrates a reduction of 43 per cent in the volume of PQs allocated to the PCRS from 2014, as against last year (2015),” a HSE spokesperson told MI.
The number of PQs that were referred to the HSE PCRS in 2014 was 1,272. The total figure for all of 2013 was 652 questions. In 2012, there were 922 questions in total.
“We do not capture official figures specific to PQs that relate only to applications for medical cards,” the spokesperson added.
“However, it would be estimated that approximately 90 per cent of all PQs referred to PCRS relate specifically to medical card applications, with the remaining relating to general queries on other PCRS services.”
Last month, Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch told the Dáil that as of 1 December 2015, there were 1,732,555 medical cards in existence in the State and 424,862 GP-visit cards.