Friday 24 February 2017

Health deal a step in the right direction

Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Delivering GP care without charge to under sixes and over 70-year-olds by the summer is a much-needed political win for this Government.

Of course, the Government has gone about it in a ham-fisted way. Initially, it promised 'free GP care' to those on the Long Term Illness Scheme by March 2012, to those in the High Tech Drug scheme by March 2013 and to the whole population by 2016. It was an entirely sensible plan to start with the sickest. However, none of these promises will be met.

Instead, apparently due to 'legislative difficulties', it made what should be a good news story a messy one by choosing to go for the youngest and the oldest instead of the sickest. But it is a good news story all the same.

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