Monday 29 May 2017

Pensioners are targeted in clampdown on medical card numbers

The worst financial pain has been felt by the decision to make it more difficult to get a full medical card for all age groups, particularly over 70s. Photo: Getty Images
The worst financial pain has been felt by the decision to make it more difficult to get a full medical card for all age groups, particularly over 70s. Photo: Getty Images

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

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.

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