My Sister and her family are unemployed, like many others both of them lost their well paid jobs and now have to survive on state benefits.
Today she has just contacted me in floods of tears.
Her Husband could be going blind, his optican wants him to be referred to an eye doctor for a second opinion. However because of Government waiting lists he has been advised to go Private otherwise he runs the risk of further damaging his sight whilst waiting which could be well over a year.
The cost for a private eye Doctor is between €150.00 -€ 200.00.
Her youngest daughter has been on a waiting list for a tooth extraction at the hospital for over 1 year. The tooth cannot be extracted by a normal dentist. The child has now started to develop severe pain because the tooth has rotted for the past year inside the child`s mouth.
She has contacted her local hospital only to be told that they could be waiting another year at least, as the child is in severe pain she has to do something so she contacted a privated dentist who can do the extraction needed.
The cost for this is around €300.00.
how in Gods`s name does this government or anyone who thinks people on welfare have it too good , think someone on a medical card can find €500.00 to have medical services that should be free?
Do they leave their child in agony and face the prospect of the husband going blind because the state cant afford it but yet can throw Billions at banks and ministers driven around in luxury cars?
Their only choice is not to pay their mortgage for a month, ESB bill and any other debts they have.
Its disgusting and im sure my Sister isnt the only one with these problems.
Next time people think a medical card is someting special I suggest they look into the real worth of it.