20 November 2018

Communities Will Benefit From New Healthcare Measures – Fitzgerald

Budget 2019 shows healthcare and childcare are key priorities for Government, a local TD has said.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald has said that the Budget contains a range of new fair and sustainable measures to care for the most vulnerable in our communities and make life easier for families in Dublin

Greater access to GP visit cards and €1 billion investment in mental health services in progressive Budget for 2019

“This year’s Health Budget is the highest level of Health investment in the history of the State. This year, Fine Gael will invest an additional €1.2 billion in health, facilitating a range of additional services including initiatives proposed under Sláintecare.

“These include a €25 increase in the weekly income threshold for GP Visit cards; a 50 cent reduction in prescription charges from €2.00 to €1.50 for all medical card holders over the age of 70; and a €10 reduction in the monthly Drugs Payment Scheme threshold from €134 to €124.

“An additional €84 million will be provided for Mental Health Services in 2019 bringing the total available funding for Mental Health to €1 billion, an increase of 9 per cent.

“We are also providing €150 million more for disability services next year to bring total funding in this area to almost €2 billion.

“This progressive and caring Budget will make a real difference in the lives of families and communities across Ireland.”