Irish government backpedals on decision to reduce entitlement to free health careBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2 (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2
- Muiris Houston
Older people in Ireland have lost their automatic entitlement to free primary care in a move that has provoked street protests and a partial retreat by the government.
Last year a 2009 budgetary measure was announced that abolished the automatic entitlement of all people aged 70 and over to a medical card regardless of income. This has been changed to reduce the number of people affected.
A medical card gives the holder the right to free drugs and primary care as well as access to social and …