Dail Question on capping prescription charges

-   Alan Farrell TD

To ask the Minister for Health his views on the possibility of imposing a monthly cap on prescription charges in order to ensure that persons with multiple prescriptions are not discouraged from purchasing medication; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Reply from Minister for Health James Reilly T.D.

Medical card holders are required to pay a €1.50 charge per item for medicines and other prescription items supplied to them by community pharmacists, subject to a cap of   €19.50 per month for each person or family. Prescription charges do not apply to children in the care of the HSE or to methadone supplied to patients participating in the Methadone Treatment Scheme.

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