Wednesday 25 April 2018

Why suddenly all is changed, changed utterly, on the contentious issue of medical cards

Dr James Reilly haggled vociferously to end the 'medical card probity', and the U-turn may now hasten process of free universal healthcare
Dr James Reilly haggled vociferously to end the 'medical card probity', and the U-turn may now hasten process of free universal healthcare

Sarah Burke

Enda Kenny promised to fix the "medical card mess", while Minister James Reilly floated the idea of a third tier to medical card access. Yesterday's announcement by Junior Minister Alex White means they might both deliver on these significant promises.

Following a cabinet subcommittee on health, White told the Dail of the Government's five-point plan to deal with the medical card debacle.

First, and most importantly to the 49,596 people who currently have discretionary medical cards, HSE director general Tony O'Brien has suspended any further reviews of discretionary medical cards. These people will hang on to their cards until a new system is in place.

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