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# Medical Cards

This year
2023
Families of nursing home residents being charged for 'incontinence wear, bandages and therapy'
“It’s a scandal, one family paid €2,500 to a private nursing home in just over a year,” a TD said today.
Last year
2022
Calls for dental vouchers to replace medical cards as dentists warn scheme nears 'total collapse'
A raft of dentists have exited the medical card scheme over difficulties with the fee structure.
All time
Family members of women affected by CervicalCheck controversy to get medical cards for 5 year period
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet today to extend the access to the cards for a further three years.
Dental treatment for medical card holders in 'complete chaos', industry body says
The Irish Dental Association said an unprecedented number of dentists were withdrawing from the official treatment scheme.
How access to health services differs if you've private insurance or are 'in the twilight zone'
Ireland’s two-tiered system contributes to the type of service patients receive, even from public providers, a new report has found.
Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards
Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.
Over 9,000 children are to be given medical cards
And pensioners will receive cheaper medicine.
Technical issue stopping people applying for medical cards
A backlog is expected once the issue is resolved.
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.
HSE publishes 2016 service plan with €100m shortfall for hospitals
The HSE says that a growing and ageing population is putting a strain on the service.
Doctors defend charging medical card patients for blood tests
Some GPs continue to pass the cost of the tests onto medical card holders, a practice not sanctioned by the HSE.
This eight-year-old's cancer fight has led to a big change for other children
Children and young adults under 18 will be automatically granted medical cards.
'Six women from our group have passed away... it’s upsetting'
Some Magdelene survivors are “disappointed” with government support measures.
People without medical cards are avoiding doctors like the plague
Although hopefully most of them don’t actually have the plague.
More people are being hospitalised because of problems with their teeth
The IDA is calling on the Tánaiste to reinstate the PRSI dental scheme.
Doctors deny claiming fees for dead patients
GPs have blamed the HSE, but the organisation says the issue has been addressed.
James Reilly broke down speaking about his son with autism this afternoon
‘As a parent of a child with a disability, I never thought I’d end up taking cards off children with a disability’.
Minister: Trust me, I'm aware of cases like Lucy
“It’s not that the system isn’t sympathetic, it is – who wouldn’t be?”
Parents of 4-year-old boy with cancer being pursued by debt collector on behalf of HSE
The family were denied a discretionary medical card.
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.
Do TDs bring up medical cards in the Dáil to get votes? 'Bullshit'
“Do you think the Government would give a card back just if people wrote to them? Not in a million years. Not on your nelly.”
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
Fears that families of children with serious illness could face 'rigorous' medical card means test
Our Children’s Health has welcomed yesterday’s announcements on medical card reform, but still has some outstanding concerns.
Terminally ill patients will no longer have their medical cards reviewed
An array of changes to the medical card system were announced today.
Here are the 6 objects that scream 'Irish Budget'
Warning to governments: Children’s shoes should be avoided at all costs.
Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card 'need not worry'
The Minister for Health said he will bring a series of proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks on discretionary medical card reform.
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about jobs, Phil Hogan and protests in Hong Kong.
HSE needs to address the fact medical card reviews made people afraid
A PAC report said the reviews are a waste of money.
Doctors warn general practice in Ireland is 'on the brink of collapse'
GPs said that the lack of funding and resources available to them have made Ireland “the laughing stock of Europe”.
Government "cooked the books" on Health budget --- Martin
The Fianna Fáil leader is accusing the Government of acting ‘fraudulently’ on the issue.
Angry parents and 'Gaza' banners greet ministers, as new term begins
With the Cabinet back, and the Israeli ambassador being grilled by TDs, it was also a busy day for protests at Government Buildings.
Leo tells health lobby: Stop attacking me and weakening me
The Health Minister has said he will consider proposals from an expert panel on medical card eligibility.
Parents of sick children angry over Varadkar's comments about medical cards
The CEO of Jack & Jill has written to Minister Varadkar and the Taoiseach about the medical card issue.
Teenager's death could lead to wider availability of Epipens
Epipens, discretionary medical cards and medicinal marijuana all came up in today’s Oireachtas Health Committee meeting. There was even a Beyoncé & Jay Z reference.
Call to extend emergency medical card time limit for dying patients
Currently the eligibility period is six months, though one in five people who have these cards live longer and are then forced to undergo a means test.
Expert panel on discretionary medical cards need to be 'generous and inclusive'
The closing date for submissions to the expert panel is today.
VIDEO: What does Joan Burton think has been Labour's biggest mistake in government?
The Labour leadership contender has given a wide-ranging interview to TheJournal.ie today. Here is some of what she said.
FF: Your position on medical cards is incoherent ... Taoiseach: No it isn't
There are concerns that thousands of people who didn’t respond to the HSE will now be left without a medical card.