Time to publish the expert panel report on medical cards

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 31, 2014

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…)


Varadkar fails to deliver ‘realistic’ expenditure plan

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 15, 2014

Budget 2015 analysis in Irish Independent on 15 October 2014

The fact that further health cuts are not the story of Budget 2015 is an achievement for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Since taking up post, Varadkar has prioritised securing a “realistic budget for health”. (more…)

The medical card battle may be won but the war for free GP care for all is still being fought

Posted in Articles by saraburke on June 23, 2014

See below for my analysis from the Irish Independent on 23 June 2014.  (more…)

All is changed on the contentious issue of medical cards

Posted in Articles by saraburke on May 30, 2014

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…)

Continued slashing of health budget may yet bring down this Government

Posted in Articles by saraburke on May 26, 2014

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…)