Social Welfare Act, 1952

Treatment benefit.

25.—(1) A person shall, subject to satisfaction of the prescribed conditions, be entitled to such treatment benefit as may be specified by regulations.

(2) The regulations for the purposes of this section may specify the payment of the whole or any part of the cost of any of the following:—

(a) dental treatment,

(b) hospital and convalescent home treatment,

(c) medical and surgical appliances,

(d) optical treatment and appliances,

(e) specialist medical and specialist surgical treatment,

(f) any other benefits of the same character as any of those mentioned in the foregoing paragraphs.

(3) The payments referred to in subsection (2) of this section shall not exceed in the aggregate such sums (subject to a limit of five hundred thousand pounds in each financial year) as may from time to time be agreed upon between the Minister and the Minister for Finance.

(4) This section shall remain in force until the day appointed under the next following subsection and shall then expire.

(5) The Minister may by order appoint a day to be the day on which this section expires.

Additional Rights to Benefit.