Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced the Irish Government’s 2019 Budget statement. Healthcare has received a significant funding boost as the Government continues to implement its Sláintecare programme.
Among the healthcare headlines is an extra €1.05bn in health funding, including an extra €150m for disability services, and €84m for mental health. There is also a 36% increase in the budget of the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which is to receive an extra €20 million.
At the individual level, there is also a €25 increase in the weekly income threshold for GP visit cards, a reduction of 25% in the prescription charge for over 70s, and a €10 reduction in the monthly maximum patients pay for prescriptions under the Drug Payment Scheme, bringing it to €124.