No. 3 of 2005 - Health (Amendment) Act 2005
What does this law do?
The Act provides a legal framework for the charging of patients for the maintenance element of in-patient services in publicly-funded long term care residential units. Regulations are now being prepared to implement the charges. The Act and regulations will promote consistency in the application of charges, with greater clarity for those receiving services as well as promoting administrative efficiency and transparency throughout the system.
The legislation also ensures that the income flow from charges will continue to support the provision of quality services to those in long term care. It has been accepted by successive governments that these charges, as contributions to the cost of shelter and maintenance are fair and reasonable.
The Act also contains provisions enabling the introduction of doctor-visit medical cards. The introduction of doctor visit cards is intended to help overcome barriers to accessing GP services for many individuals on low incomes but who are above the income guidelines for a standard medical card.
Contact Department: Department of Health and Children
Signed by the President on: 11.03.2005
Full version of Health (Amendment) Act 2005 on Oireachtas website