Discretionary medical cards for the terminally ill

By Niamh Baldwin

TD Seán Crowe has called on Minister of Health Simon Harris to “scrap his review into issuing discretionary medical cards to terminally ill citizens and introduce the scheme immediately”.

According to the Budget 2020, the HSE will review and extend arrangements for the provision of discretionary medical cards for those with a terminal illness. This review is expected to be completed by Christmas. However, TD Crowe has raised concern that this is not soon enough.

“They shouldn’t have to be spending their limited time lobbying politicians for change”

He said: “Terminally ill citizens and their families don’t have the time to wait for the outcome of his review. Worrying about paying medical bills should not be dominating and overshadowing the last days of their life on this earth.

“They shouldn’t have to be spending their limited time lobbying politicians for change. They have received the most devastating news and the least the State can do is to give them a medical card throughout their illness.

He continued: “We are talking about a small but an important number of our citizens. I am calling on Minister Simon Harris to do the right thing for them by scrapping his review and agree to issue medical cards to everyone who has a terminal illness.”

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