Reilly’s Bill restricts medical card while government claims to want free primary care for all – Ó Caoláin
March 15, 2013
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the Fine Gael/Labour Government’s health policy is in “total disarray”. He was commenting on the publication today of a bill by Health Minister James Reilly which will lower the income threshold for the medical card for people over 70.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“Both Fine Gael and the Labour Party went to the electorate with the promise of free primary healthcare for all and in government they have repeated this promise. But Health Minister James Reilly now publishes a bill which will lower the income threshold for people aged over 70 for qualification for the medical card. This is nothing but a further health cutback from a government whose health policy is in total disarray.
“We still do not know what shape the government’s proposed universal health insurance scheme will take and how it will be funded. We know it will be based on competing private for-profit insurance companies. Far from bringing us fundamental reform this government is continuing the regime of health cuts and health privatisation of its predecessors.”