Ireland’s health budget for 2017 has been allocated €14.6 billion, representing and increase of 3.5% from budget in 2016.
The budget is made up of €14,152 billion for current expenditure and €454 million for capital expenditure.
Other priority key measures:
- €20 million for NTPF to tackle waiting lists
- 10,000 medical cards for children with disabilities
- Reduced prescription charges for people over 70
- Supports and services for school-leavers with disabilities
- €5 million to kick-start Healthy Ireland Fund
National Treatment Purchase Fund
Additional funding of €15 million, rising to €50 million in 2018, will be used as part of a focused initiative to address waiting lists. The NTPF total 2017 allocation will be over €20m to undertake an initiative targeted at those waiting longest.
An additional €10m in new development funding is being provided for home care (including home help and home care package provision) to build on the very significant additional home care funding provided in 2016. A further sum of €3.8m is being made available to support the increased cost of existing services.
€35 million in new services will be initiated in 2017 in addition to the €35m provided in 2016 which remains in the base funding of the Mental Health Services.