Playing Russian roulette on medical cards, a risk too far
The past few weeks have seen much controversy over the removal of discretionary medical cards from children with disabilities and long-term medical conditions, culminating with last week's suspension of the review of medical cards.
However, the savings that would have been achieved from such a move would not appear to justify the inevitable political fallout that ensued.
Last October, one of the health-related measures announced in Budget 2014 was medical card 'probity', which involved a review of medical cards to ensure that people who were no longer entitled to medical cards did not retain them. The initial savings target from this measure was €113m, but this was later reduced to €23m.