Call for help: 'Budget needs to ease patients' burden'
The upcoming Budget must contain reliefs for cancer patients who can find themselves under siege financially with extra costs of €1,200 a month, the Irish Cancer Society warned yesterday.
In its pre-budget submission, the charity called for the removal of inpatient charges, which currently cost €80 per visit up to a maximum of €800 a year.
It wants a reduction in the Drugs Payment Scheme threshold from €124 a month to €100 for families and €72 for single people.
It also said prescription charges for medical card holders - currently €2 per item up to a maximum of €20 - should be removed.
And there should also be reduced hospital parking charges for frequent visitors, said the charity's CEO Averil Power.
She said surveys have shown there is clear public support for such measures.