New medical card system will be sensitive to health needs and financial situations of families – Deering

26th November, 2014

Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has said that the newly reformed medical card system will be more sensitive to the health needs and financial situation of people and their families.

 “The reforms introduced this week to the medical card system, will lead to a fairer, more sensitive approach taking into account both the health needs and the financial situation of people and their families. It will ensure that people with serious illnesses will get access to the care that they need.

“This reformed medical card system will still use income as its main criteria, however it will show greater flexibility to people with a serious and financially onerous medical condition who would not normally qualify for a medical card. People with a serious illness who hold a discretionary card will retain their card up to the introduction of these reforms.

“In a very welcome change, people with terminal illnesses will no longer face the prospect of having their medical cards reviewed.

“The change announced this week are also going to simplify matters for people. There will now be just one single application form to apply for a medical card, a GP visit card, the Long-Term Illness scheme, and the Drugs Payment Scheme. I welcome that access points are being established in health offices around the country to help people to apply for a medical card.

“These reforms will help make the system more accessible and understandable to people. Most importantly, it will result in a medical card system which is more sensitive to the health and financial issues faced by individuals and their families.”