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# medical card

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2022
Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests
The majority of survivors, 31, received the records via Freedom of Information requests, not GDPR.
Only 40 survivors have received their medical files to date from the Department of Children, Órla Ryan reports
The majority of survivors received the records via Freedom of Information requests, rather than through GDPR
Just 10 people got their records after a GP signed off on the process, The Journal can reveal
Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
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Terminally ill persons with two-year prognosis will be eligible for a medical card
The scheme was approved by Cabinet today .
Elderly woman with medical card pursued by debt collectors after private hospital treatment
The HSE has defended the use of debt collection agencies.
Civil servants were told to look at replacing the Medical Card with the Public Services Card
As recently as June this year, the government was exploring this as a possibility.
Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card
Since 2012 there has been a 66% increase in the number of people with no private or public health cover, writes Feilim O’Rourke.
One of 208 women affected by smear test scandal 'fighting' to get medical card back
The woman was recently told that her smear test had been reviewed and a different action could have been taken.
'I left weeping': Medical card patients are still being charged by GPs for blood tests
The HSE has said blood tests should be covered by the card and patients should report their GPs if they are charged.
Thousands support campaign to have Versatis patches reinstated for chronic pain sufferers
Only patients suffering from post-shingles pain are automatically covered under drug payment and medical card schemes.
There has been a big drop in people getting HSE-funded dental treatments
New CSO figures show a 16.4% drop in HSE-funded dental treatments between 2013 and 2016.
Medical cards on the way for thousands of children who have a severe disability
Children with a severe disability who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance will qualify for the card, once legislation is passed.
Pharmacists want women with medical cards to have easier access to the morning after pill
They want medical card holders to be able to get the pill over the counter without having to go to a doctor first.
Lucy O'Connor receives medical card after mother's battle with HSE
The nine-year-old cancer patient had been denied a discretionary medical card.
18-month-old boy hands in petition with 65,000 signatures to Leinster House
The campaign is about children with serious illnesses.
Mother of cancer victim claims HSE 'revealed sensitive detail' about daughter's medical card refusal
The mother of a nine-year-old girl has claimed a statement from the executive revealed private details.
"Lucy's terrible story about her medical card isn't the first - but it was bound to happen"
The story of the HSE’s refusal to provide a child with cancer a medical card has sparked criticism of the system.
Opinion: Are new medical card plans unfair for GPs?
Making GPs the new rationers of medical card extension could destroy long-established bonds of trust between them and their patients.
Opinion: 'The medical card review scheme is a shambles'
I have a significant physical disability; my experience over the past seven months proves that medical card fiasco rumbles on.
Bus Éireann technical glitch leaves families waiting for yearly tickets
Thousands of families are still waiting while some schools start this week.
'Wonderful news': Ronan gets medical card back after 'exhausting' campaign
Ronan Woodhouse will receive the card within the next seven to 10 days, his mother said.
Have a medical card and on Long Term Illness Scheme? You could be due money
The HSE is to refund the prescription charge that some people paid even though they had a medical card and were on the LTI scheme.
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about the Tuam babies, redundancies and a manhunt in Canada.
Over 50,000 sign petition over discretionary medical cards as parents say 'no more'
The campaign wants the law changed so that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition automatically gets a full medical card.
'How sick does my child have to be?' - Campaign calls for medical cards for all seriously ill children
Those launching the campaign said they will maintain a presence outside Government Buildings until legislation is changed.
'Why was the medical card taken from our son who has a rare disease?'
The Coyle family say that it would cost over a thousand euro every month just for the basics to care for their son.
HSE launched over 640,000 medical card reviews last year
The HSE has also contacted 102,027 people to ask them if they’re still in the country.
Over 700,000 more medical cards have been issued in the last decade
The biggest leap was between 2011 and 2012, when over 150,000 extra cards were released.
Gilmore: Medical card cuts are still as set out in the Budget
The Tánaiste also spoke about his own salary and the ‘squeezed middle’.
“This is the worst small country in the western world to be sick in”
It emerged today that MS sufferer Marie Fleming was asked by the HSE to provide proof of her condition in order to have her medical card renewed.
Here’s what happened today: Tuesday
Today everyone’s been talking about the HSE’s €2.6 million payout, Marie Fleming being asked to provide proof of her illness and why President Higgins’ adviser left her job.
Taoiseach knew about medical card case he says he wasn't told about
Enda Kenny said nobody told him about the case of eight-year-old Ronan Woodhouse at the Fine Gael conference last month, despite committing to meeting the child and his mother at that event.
'It is a balancing act': Reilly apologises over medical card problems
The Health Minister was speaking as the HSE launched a public information campaign today in response to recent problems
HSE withdraws, then reinstates, medical card of 6-year-old with Down syndrome
A family faced having to pay for their daughter’s oxygen tanks and feeding tubes after the HSE granted them a GP visit card instead of a full medical card.
“There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly
The Minster for Health also said that it has never been the case that having a particular illness guarantees access to a medical card
Monday is the most common day women request the morning-after pill
While Dublin and Cork City are the most popular places for morning after pill consultations.
Column: Medical cards are a hot issue – but the Government shouldn’t shy away
Means-testing medical cards for the elderly got a previous government in trouble – but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea, writes Eoin Lynch.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Will Rory McIlroy attend The Gathering? And round 2 of Michael Noonan versus the IMF…
Coeliac Society "seeking clarification" on product allowance cuts
The society says it was not contacted directly by the HSE about the changes, which would affect coeliacs under certain State schemes.
Boots to cut cost of prescription medicines for customers in Ireland
The pharmacy says that it is to lower the cost of the majority of its prescription medicines which will save customers on average 25 per cent.
Call for urgent review of the medical card applications system
Delegates at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual conference have called on the Minister for Heath to investigate delays in medical cards being issued.