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Pensioners took their protest to the streets in 2008 over the then proposed change in medical card eligibility. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Pensioners took their protest to the streets in 2008 over the then proposed change in medical card eligibility. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Pensioners took their protest to the streets in 2008 over the then proposed change in medical card eligibility. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

When government parties got hammered in the local and European elections over sick people losing their medical cards they did two things. Uncharacteristically, they admitted some wrongdoing and re-issued 13,300 discretionary medical cards that had been taken away. They also set up an expert panel to advise about how best to allocate medical cards on the basis of medical conditions.

The key finding of the expert panel's report - that it is just not possible nor desirable "to list and prioritise conditions for full medical card eligibility" - has been leaked, but there are many other considered and important recommendations that are not yet in the public domain.


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