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Earned income was higher with better general health

Earned income for people working for payment and profit in 2016 was higher as perception of health improved, see Figure 4.1. The median value for gross earned income per person with "very good" health was €27,579 compared to €11,700 per person who described their health as "very bad".

In contrast, the proportion of people who received any working age social welfare in 2016 decreased as perception of health improved. The proportion of those who received working age social welfare during 2016 and perceived their health as "very good" (24%) was less than half that of those who perceived their health as "very bad" (55%), see Figure 4.1.

Note that working age social welfare defined here excludes child benefit and the state pension. Earned income includes gross income from employment and self-employment only, before deductions and unadjusted for hours worked, see Background and Methodology for further details.

General healthMedian earned incomeProportion who received any working age social welfare
Very Bad1170055.3
Bad1158758.7
Fair1848447.2
Good2422133.8
Very good2757923.6

Highest income for those with deafness or a serious hearing impairment

People with a deafness or a serious hearing impairment had the highest median value for earned income at €21,270 per person with a disability in 2016. The lowest median earned income for those with a disability was €7,140 for persons with an intellectual disability, see Figure 4.2 below.

DisabilityMedian earned income
Deafness or a serious hearing impairment21270
A difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other chronic illness or condition21155
Blindness or a serious vision impairment20004
A psychological or emotional condition15835
Difficulty participating in other activities, for example leisure or using transport14833
A difficulty that limits basic physical activites such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying13249
Difficulty dressing, bathing or getting around inside the home12153.5
A difficulty with learning, remembering or concentrating11143
Difficulty working at a job, business or attending school or college10263
Difficulty going outside the home alone to shop or visit a doctors surgery9259
An intellectual disability7140

Proportion of medical card holders was lower with better general health

The proportion of medical card holders decreased as the perception of health improved in 2016. Persons who perceived their health as "very good" had the lowest proportion of medical card holders (25%), compared to 84% of people who perceived their health as "very bad", see Figure 4.3.

Note that "Medical Card Holders" included anyone (excluding GP Visit Card Holders) eligible under the General Medical Services Scheme on Census night in 2016, see Background and Methodology for further information.

General healthPercent of medical card holders
Very Bad83.7
Bad79.7
Fair66.5
Good41
Very Good24.8

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the lowest proportion of medical card holders

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the lowest proportion of medical card holders at 16.3%, followed by Fingal (25.1%) and Kildare (27.6%).

Nearly half (48.4%) of people in Donegal had a medical card in 2016, which was the highest proportion in Ireland. This was followed by Longford (44.5%) and Carlow (42.8%).

Map 4.1 and Table 4.1 show the proportion of medical card holders by county in 2016 while a more detailed breakdown is available at Electoral Division level in Map 4.2.

Show Table: Table 4.1: Proportion of medical card holders by county, 2016

Map 4.2 Proportion of medical card holders by ED, 2016

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Link to interactive tables: Statbank

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