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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?

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS warned that the 2012 health budget is facing severe cuts and more health charges could be introduced as a result.

One idea being touted is the introduction of an annual €50 charge on medical cards, which could raise €85 million for the State.

More than 1.7 million people are currently eligible for the card in Ireland, entitling them to a host of health services for free.

The proposal has been criticised by patient groups, Opposition parties and medical associations but some of our readers have suggested that the charge is reasonable as it covers doctors visits, prescription medicines, hospital care and more.

What do you think? Should there be a charge on medical cards?


Poll Results:

Yes, and €50 is fair (1365)
No, medical cards should remain free of charge (885)
Yes, but €50 is too much (327)
I don't know (51)




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