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# Medical Cards

All time
# proof required
Mother was asked by the HSE if her son 'still had Down syndrome'
The card for her four-year-old son was denied.
# Trump Cards
Pharmacists accuse government of lying on medical card withdrawals
The new head of the Irish Pharmacy Union said that the it was “shocking” that the government denied the cards were being withdrawn.
# Medical Cards
"It is only a matter of time before a stressed out parent is pushed over the edge"
Nurses caring for seriously ill children have written an open letter to Minister for Health James Reilly about the lack of discretionary medical cards for their patients.
# a vibrant capital
Cracking down on crime and eliminating parking fees - Fianna Fáil's plan for Dublin
The party also want to clean up the Liffey and create more pedestrian areas in the capital.
# Health Committee
Government accused of targeting people with Down Syndrome in medical card removal
The issues were discussed at a Health Committee this morning.
# want answers
Reilly accused of needing Prime Time programme to be aired before taking action
The Health Minister was questioned on a range of health care topic in the Dáil today.
# return to sender
This is the letter the HSE is sending to ask people if they've emigrated...
The HSE says in the letter that it is mindful that due to the “changed economic situation” that many cardholders may no longer be living here.
# Medical Cards
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.
# Medical Cards
“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.
# Medical Cards
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.
# Medical Cards
Reilly: 2014 will be the most challenging year ever for health services
The Minister for Health was speaking in the Dáil today where he defended the decision to lower medical card income limits.
# Healthcare
IMO accuses Reilly of 'racing ahead' with extension of free GP care
GPs are also reporting “extensive unease” among patients over the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards.
# Multiple medical cards
'We just kept getting them in the post': How a family of five has 14 medical cards
A Dublin family waited a year for their medical cards to be renewed and then several came along in the space of a few weeks.
# Sorry
'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
# Medical Cards
Public information campaign launched to address 'confusion' over medical cards
The HSE has launched a public information campaign following recent controversies over medical card eligibility.
# Health
Vigil at children’s hospital to highlight medical card removal
Parents and supporters gathered at Crumlin Children’s Hospital this afternoon to protest revoking of cards for some chronically-ill children.
# Protest
Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts
The crowd at Leinster House was predominantly made up of elderly people who oppose cuts to medical cards for over 70s and other measures announced in last week’s Budget.
# Leaders' Questions
Facing call to resign, Taoiseach says medical card issues 'will all be sorted out'
As Gerry Adams told Enda Kenny to resign in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach blamed “systems failures” for problems with discretionary medical cards.
# elderly people
"It's time to shout stop." - Elderly people to protest outside Dáil
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is hoping to recreate the success of 2008 protests that were held held five years ago today.
# Going nowhere
"I think it's a bit rich of Mícheál Martin"- James Reilly resists calls to resign
Reilly has come under increased pressure about spending and savings figures within the Department of Health.
# Medical Cards
GPs claiming dead people's medical card fees? A 'smokescreen' - IMO
The IMO said that the Department of Health was using ‘spin’ when publicising the situation.
# Confidence
Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly's ability
The junior minister said Reilly is the most suitable person to tackle the health budget.
Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness
What’s to become of the very sick who can’t afford insurance cover and who don’t qualify for medical cards? Does anyone – including Reilly – know?
# Medical Cards
Disability Federation calls medical card review "worrying"
The head of a federation for people with disabilities says that the proposed review of medical cards will force people with disabilities from the labour market.
# Medical Cards
“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
# Health
Jack & Jill CEO: Medical cards issue "turning into a crisis"
Earlier today, the Health Minister said that there has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards.
# Leaders' Questions
'What did older people ever do to you?': Taoiseach quizzed over Budget 2014
Yesterday’s Budget announcement dominated Leaders’ Questions this morning.
# Medical Cards
Howlin confident of reaching €113m savings on medical cards
The man in charge of spending is also pretty relaxed about a possible overrun in the health budget.
# Budget 2014
IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2014 speech
Medical cards, GP care for children, a levy on banks and more…
# Budget 2014
Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget
Brendan Howlin’s announcement of a review of all medical cards was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.
# Budget 2014
GPs split on free GP care for under fives
The plan is expected to be included in tomorrow’s Budget, but GPs don’t seem to know if it is a good thing or a bad thing.
# Medical Cards
'The most vulnerable people in our society': Dáil hears medical card horror stories
Problems facing some chronically ill people who cannot access discretionary medical cards were raised in the Dáil this week. Here are just some of the stories placed on the Dáil record.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach insists 'no change at all' in how medical cards are allocated
The issue of discretionary medical cards was raised by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil this morning.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach: Fall in numbers with medical cards not due to policy change
The Taoiseach was responding to questions from Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin during Leaders’ Questions.
# Welfare
"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton
Reports today say that cuts to Social Protection will amount to a welfare cap, but the Minister for Social Protection says nothing has been decided.