More streamlined system for medical card renewal will make process simpler for all – Deering

12th January, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed new measures to streamline the renewal of medical cards which he says are long overdue.

“I am pleased to see that the HSE is taking proactive steps to get rid of the needless bureaucracy and undue stress associated with medical card renewals.

“Many families’ circumstances don’t change from one year to the next, but, despite this, the medical card renewal process can be hugely time-consuming and stressful. From this month, the HSE will be extending the standard eligibility period for a medical card from two years to three, while over 66s will be entitled to their card for four years.

“Steps are also being taken to ensure that, once a review is underway, no cardholder engaging with the HSE will lose their entitlements until that review has been completed. This is an important development in ensuring that those who need medical care can access it in a timely manner.

“We are also seeing a move towards self-assessed reviews, for people who qualify for the medical card through a means-test. This is starting this month with self-assessment for the over 66s, and will be extended on a gradual basis to all medical card holders. I welcome Minister Shorthall’s attempts to address issues in this area and I look forward to a more streamlined and simplified system for medical card renewal.”