Pensioners are targeted in clampdown on medical card numbers
THOUSANDS of pensioners are being targeted in a letters blitz by the HSE, in a bid to find out how many are no longer eligible for a medical card.
In the past two months 36,000 over-70s have been sent review letters asking them to provide fresh proof of their income. The move follows changes in eligibility limits for older age groups which were introduced in the Budget, aimed at taking 35,000 medical cards from the over-70s.
Election candidates from government parties are now facing anger on the doorsteps over the numbers of people of all ages who have lost discretionary cards.