In Ireland the Health Services Executive (HSE) have a medical card system whereby those who qualify based on income & ill health may qualify for zero doctors fees & free hospital stays as well as reduced prescription charges (normally there is a charge for doctors & hospital stays unlike in the UK). Since 2011 patients have found that medical cards are being unfairly revoked leaving many sick patients with extra bills. The government has since done a u-turn & have offered to return medical cards to many families that were wrongly taken away. Meanwhile there is underway a Medical Card Review whereby patients can submit why they feel their condition should be prioritised as a need for Medical Card.
Per the HSE website:
The Expert Panel will identify a range of medical conditions, in priority order, that would benefit most from medical card eligibility. The focus of the expert panel is on chronic, life-long and life-limiting conditions.
The HSE is now inviting submissions from the public, patient representative groups and professional bodies, to inform the work of the expert panel. Submissions can be made using the form here, or by post or email. The closing date for submissions is Monday, June 30th 2014.
To this end Tick Talk Ireland submitted the following report in support of Lyme disease patients who are suffering from a chronic, life changing condition.
Medical Card (PDF – hit back arrow to return to page).
We encourage patients to have their say too (by 30th June) – click below for more information: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/medicalneedconsultation/
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