Dr Ray Walley: Prescription charge nothing more than a moneymaker
'Prescription charges could lead to people, particularly the least well-off in society, not filling necessary prescriptions," said Dr James Reilly (speaking in opposition).
The Health Minister has presided over two very significant increases in prescription charges even though, as the quote above shows, he clearly understands the harm caused by prescription charges. If some previously unknown doubts have emerged in his mind since taking office, he should come to my surgery.
Last Wednesday, I had a consultation with a 74-year-old lady who indicated she would be delaying collection of her tablets till she had some more money. She is a diabetic with hypertension and airways disease. The potential cost of her medication to her with the prescription charge is the maximum €25. Her sole income is her state pension.