From the Irish Independent on 31 OCtober 2014
When government parties got hammered in the local and European elections over sick people losing their medical cards they did two things. Uncharacteristically, they admitted some wrongdoing and re-issued 13,300 discretionary medical cards that had been taken away. They also set up an expert panel to advise about how best to allocate medical cards on the basis of medical conditions. (more…)
See below for my analysis from the Irish Independent on 23 June 2014. (more…)
Enda Kenny promised to fix the “medical card mess”, while Minister James Reilly floated the idea of a third tier to medical card access. Yesterday’s announcement by Junior Minister Alex White means they might both deliver on these significant promises. My analysis from the Irish Independent on significant shift in policy on medical cards from Irish Independent on 30 May 2014. (more…)
See below for post-election analysis from Irish Independent on 26 May 2014.
FIFTY-SEVEN per cent of voters cited the removal of discretionary medical cards as the main reason for their fury with the Government last Friday. Anger about medical cards came ahead of water charges and property tax in the RTE exit poll. (more…)