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Poll: Should the prescription charge be abolished?

The charge will bring in €120 million this year – but critics say it hits seriously ill people the hardest.

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NEW FIGURES SHOW that the prescription charge of €2.50 will bring in €120 million for the government this year.

Anyone with a medical card has to pay the charge for their prescriptions under a scheme introduced in Budget 2010.

However the charge has been criticised by groups representing poor people and people with serious illnesses, saying it hits them hardest and should be reduced or abolished.

So we’re asking: Should the prescription charge be abolished? 

Poll Results:

Yes, abolish it (2464)
No, leave it (2425)
It should be reduced, not abolished (1488)

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