Irish government backpedals on decision to reduce entitlement to free health care

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

    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 …

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