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HSE expects deficit of over €100 million this year
The HSE’s latest performance review says that the executive may not achieve the €150 million in savings promised in the Haddington Road Agreement.
# Health
Health Ministers to bring free GP plans to Government
Both Ministers for Health are working on plans to bring free GP care to Ireland, but have not decided on an age-range.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Medical cards, flood insurance and food labelling
Figures representing four of Ireland’s biggest grocery chains will be at the Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Column: Competition in our health system – it’s time for that debate
There are many reasons why competition in the healthcare sector will not work in the same way as it does in markets for other goods and services, says Brian Turner – who asks if more competition would mean better value.
# Medical Cards
20,000 people over 70 to lose medical cards under new legislation
However Minister of State Alex White said that medical card coverage of the over 70s population stands at 97 per cent.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Medical cards, social media and transparency laws
The hearings on the effects of social media abuse resume at the Transport and Communications committee this morning.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Social media, water charges and HSE cutbacks
HSE head Tony O’Brien will return to the Oireachtas today to discuss the executive’s national service plan for 2013.
# Budget 2013
Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far
The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.
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.
# Bailout
Leaked Brussels report seeks Dole cuts to long-term unemployed
The European Commission says it’s disappointed that a draft document – raising the heat on Dublin – has been leaked.
# Prime Numbers
Blood, books, bombs and boxing: The week in numbers
Another batch of numbers to help digest the stories of the last seven days.
# Medical Cards
Medical card holders urged to seek refunds for blood tests
The HSE has written to all GPs in the medical card scheme reminding them of their obligations, after reports of charging for tests.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Wednesday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
Child benefit, medical cards and dole payments: IMF's hitlist for next Budget
An IMF review says “expensive universal supports” like child benefit may need to be reformed to be better targeted.
# Healthcare
Want timely healthcare? Just get three medical cards…
Amnesty International’s new campaign for equal access to healthcare in Ireland features Karl Spain, Eric Lalor, Colin Murphy, Peter Coonan, Eleanor Tiernan and Brían Gleeson.
# Health
Restrictions on GPs treating medical card patients lifted
The change will mean more doctors will be allowed to treat patients who hold medical cards – improving access and increasing competition.
# Medical Cards
HSE hopes to clear over 31,000 medical card applications backlog by May
The announcement came on foot of a visit to the HSE’s centralised medical card processing office by the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
# Dental care
HSE underspent on dental care by €11.5m last year
Dentists are furious at new figures which showed that the HSE had budgeted €63m for dental care, but only spent €51.5m.
# Health
Drug payment scheme threshold increase will hit families, says IPU
The government has announced a €13.644 budget for health in 2012 – and says the state must save €543 million on healthcare spending.
# Health Service
HSE chief executive to be questioned by TDs and senators
Cathal Magee will face questions about the health service crisis when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a charge on medical cards?
Health Minister James Reilly is considering introducing an annual €50 charge on all medical cards. Today, we’re asking what do you think about the proposal?
# Health
Govt criticised over proposed medical card and prescription charges
Health Minister Dr James Reilly has come under fire from patients’ associations, the Opposition and medical groups for considering an annual €50 medical card charge.
# Medical Cards
GPs welcome scrapping of restrictions on treating medical card holders
The health minister has confirmed that Cabinet has approved the drafting of legislation to do away with the barrier between some GPs and medical card patients.
# Health
Fewer and fewer people have private health insurance
New CSO data also says 30 per cent of adults have a medical card – and that hospital waiting lists are getting much longer.
Minister to investigate GPs who charge medical hard holders
Health minister James Reilly will promise to investigate any claims that GPs are charging for treatment like blood tests.
# Recessionomics
Medical card holders to pay more for pharmacy bills from today
The levy will apply to each prescription item collected by a patient.