Department of Health to get extra €150m - The Irish Times - Wed, Dec 05, 2012
The one that will hit a certain community bad is the hike in threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme from €132 to €144 PER MONTH. In our case my wife had a kidney transplant in 2009 and has to have drugs ( anti rejection etc ) that exceeds this threshold for ever or she doesnt live. Now we have to find another €12 per month for ever on top of the €132 that it was. This scheme also rose last two budgets. I suppose they keep hitting this because it is a minority of people affected relatively? Those with transplants and long term medical issues that require them to have these drugs to stay alive.
- Increase in the prescription charge from 50 cent to €1.50 per item.
- The monthly threshold at which the charge is capped is also being increased from €10 to €19.50
- The monthly threshold for people claiming relief on costs under the Drug Payment Scheme is also being put up €132 to €144
- Access to medical cards for over-70s is being restricted. Individuals with an income of €600-700 per week (€1,200-1,400 for a couple) will now qualify only for a GP-only card rather than the full card.