06/10/2016

Govt Urged To Cut Prescription Charges For Medical Card Holders

Fianna Fáil is urging the Government to cut prescription charges for medical card holders in the upcoming budget.

Deputy Frank O'Rourke said the previous Government oversaw a five-fold increase in prescription charges.

He said: "The previous Fine Gael Government promised to abolish prescription charges but this never happened. Instead they decided to hike the charge to €2.50 per item. This massive hike was particularly cruel on older people as they are more likely to have to rely on repeat medical prescriptions.

"I firmly believe that we need to move towards abolishing the prescription charge. We should be encouraging people to use the medication that they need to live active and fulfilling lives. However the prescription charge only serves to make it difficult for people to access the basic medications that they need."

(CD/JP)

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