Health

Friday 11 July 2014

Card holders hit on double

Cost of medical card falls

Medical card patients who may need two sets of tablets in order to make up the dosage they are prescribed by their doctor are also being hit by a double prescription charge.

Confirmation of the double charge on prescriptions emerged in a parliamentary reply to a question to Health Minister James Reilly from Fianna Fail TD, Eamon O Cuiv.

Mr O Cuiv explained: "This anomaly means that many medical card patients can find themselves paying two prescription charges for one full dosage of medicine.

"For example, if a person requires a dosage of 30mg of Lipitor, they must purchase 10mg and 20mg tablets. The minister has confirmed to me that in this case, the person will have to pay €1.50 charge per item for the medicines, which means €3 in total for the one dose of tablets."

This will increase to €2.50 per item – and €5 in total – as a result of Budget 2014.

"This is another hidden charge by the Government, which seems to be piling charge after charge on people with lower incomes," he added.

Irish Independent

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