Sunday 19 November 2017

All disabled children may get medical cards

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Health Minister Leo Varadkar is examining the possibility of giving a medical card to all disabled children who are covered by the Domicilary Care Allowance .

A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said it is under active consideration in parallel to talks on the provision of GP care without fees to the under sixes.

"The Minister would like to take this step but it does require legal advice.

"It would also require Government approval. Currently 26,000 receive the allowance but 9,000 do not have a medical card," he said.

The extension of a medical card to all these children is supported by the Our Children's Health campaign and also the Jack and Jill Foundation.

A clinical advisory group is currently looking at how discretion for a medical card can be widened for both adults and children who have medical need but are over income limits.

Irish Independent

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