‘Brexit’ Budget 2020 – Health Key Facts
The total health budget for 2020 will be over €17.4bn – the largest allocation ever!
There will be a supplementary health budget of €335m targeted at HSE overspending – part of this includes a €26 million winter plan.
In an effort to reduce spiraling waiting lists, an additional €25 million has been announced in the National Treatment Purchase Fund
A 50 cent reduction in Prescription Charges for all
Monthly threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme is being reduced by €10 per month.
Medical card income thresholds for people over 70 increased by €50 for a single person or €150 for a couple per week.
Free GP care to be expanded to now include children under eight. In addition, free dental care will now be provided for children under six.
One million additional home care hours will be provided in 2020.
Excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes increased by 50 cents, with a pro-rata increase on other tobacco products – brings average price to €13.50