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Have a medical card and on Long Term Illness Scheme? You could be due money

The HSE is to refund the prescription charge that some people paid even though they had a medical card and were on the LTI scheme.

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THE HSE IS tracking down people who were on the Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme and had medical cards, but also paid prescription charges – so it can refund them.

It said today that it is currently working on identifying any person who paid prescription charges in these circumstances and is making arrangements so that the relevant charges can be refunded in full.

Therefore no action is required by those medical card holders who paid these prescription charges.

The full number of people affected is expected to be known in about four weeks.

The people who are being reimbursed had to pay the prescription charge to receive their medication, despite being on the LTI Scheme and holding a medical card.

Thomas Pringle TD said that this had been “a very unfair situation as these people were effectively being punished for having a medical card”, so he contacted the Minister for Health on the issue.

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