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    Default The 50c Prescription Levy

    Friday 1st October is the implementation date for this new tax.

    I really don't know where to start with this change.
    It's aim, apparently, is to reduce item numbers for medical card patients.
    Preventative medicines will bear the burden and that will cost this country more in the long run.

    The ESRI report on Resource allocation in the Health Sector was quite clear in saying it was inappropriate.

    From tomorrow, you will be taxed for being sick.
    Homeless people will have to pay for their medicines.
    Terminal cancer patients will have to pay for their medicines.

    This country has turned a corner alright!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
    Friday 1st October is the implementation date for this new tax.

    I really don't know where to start with this change.
    It's aim, apparently, is to reduce item numbers for medical card patients.
    Preventative medicines will bear the burden and that will cost this country more in the long run.

    The ESRI report on Resource allocation in the Health Sector was quite clear in saying it was inappropriate.

    From tomorrow, you will be taxed for being sick.
    Homeless people will have to pay for their medicines.
    Terminal cancer patients will have to pay for their medicines.

    This country has turned a corner alright!
    My uncle was just with his pharmacist getting his monthly pills he said there was a big jar on the counter with the sign "Mary Harmey Tax jar, place 50C here"

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    There is an eye opening front page of the Dundalk Argus this week,
    The Argus Digital Edition
    Daisy Hill sees rise since downgrading of Louth

    THREE months after the downgrading of the Louth County Hospital, there has already been a surge in the numbers choosing to go North for emergency treatment, The Argus can reveal.
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    from July 5th to September 5th, there was a 37% increase in patients from the Louth area attending Daisy Hill for emergency treatment.

    The Argus revealed earlier this year that the numbers of women from Louth choosing to have their babies in Newry has rocketed in the ten years since the closure of the maternity unit at the Louth.

    From single percentage points in 2000, births to Louth mothers now account for more than 15% of births at Daisy Hill Hospital.

    A spokesperson from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: ‘Overall the Trust is experiencing increased demand for A&E services.

    ‘The Trust is continuing to monitor the impact of patient activity from the Republic of Ireland on A&E services on a weekly basis’.

    A breakdown of the figures show that of a sample of 31 Louth people who were treated in Newry’s accident and emergency 25 went there themselves, while five were referred by their GPs. Just one was brought there by ambulance.

    When asked about charging patients, the Trust spokesperson said: ‘ Trusts are entitled to charge patients attending A&E departments for non-emergency treatment if they are not ordinarily resident within Northern Ireland.

    ‘Patients from the Republic of Ireland with life threatening conditions who need emergency treatment at their nearest A&E department are not charged if they attend Southern Trust hospitals.


    ‘However, patients from the Republic who attend Daisy Hill or Craigavon Area hospitals for non-emergency treatment will be charged’.
    Do you think if we explain what a mess Fianna Fail has made of
    the republic, the Crown might accept us back.

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    From memory Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have either scrapped prescription charges or will scrap prescription charges.

    Prescription charges in the UK only generally apply to those people who would NOT have a medical card in this country.

    The levy has thrown up a few anomalies....
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    Diabetics who do not qualify for a medical card will get their diabetic medication free tomorrow.
    Diabetics with a medical card will have to pay tomorrow.

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    So how soon can we expect the announcement that the 50c per item prescription charge has been dropped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by organiser View Post
    So how soon can we expect the announcement that the 50c per item prescription charge has been dropped?
    As soon as the new Minister for Health finds 25m down the back of a couch in Hawkings House to replace the annual yield from the prescription tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomKehoe View Post
    As soon as the new Minister for Health finds 25m down the back of a couch in Hawkings House to replace the annual yield from the prescription tax.
    The abolition of this ridiculous fee would be one thing that would generate good will for the new Government . It is probably costing more than 25 million for the chemists to administer .

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    I thought it was more than 5oc. or did you mean 5 per cent

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostgeneration View Post
    The abolition of this ridiculous fee would be one thing that would generate good will for the new Government . It is probably costing more than 25 million for the chemists to administer .
    The cost of the chemists administering it isn't being born by the state, though

    Urmentor - it is definitively 50c per item up to a max of 10 per month per family.

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    The medical card patient pays 50c per item. Rumour has it that the Green Book is soon to be abolished and that everybody with a Green Book will be given a Medical Card.

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