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Tackling soaring costs of prescription drugs crucial to improved quality of life for older people - Cllr Carney Boud

18 January, 2016 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin councillor for Dublin North West Cathleen Carney Boud has slammed government inaction in tackling the soaring cost of prescription medicine, citing the impact of the costs on the lives of older people in particular.  Sinn Féin has real solutions to this problem which we would implement if elected to government.

Cllr Carney Boud said:

“Prescription medicine prices are soaring out of control in Ireland, and are now three times higher than in the UK where healthcare is free at the point of delivery.

Many people, including vulnerable older people, are forced to decide between buying the medication they need or heating their homes - a deplorable situation in a Ireland today.

As part of our comprehensive health policy - Better4Health – Sinn Féin would incrementally abolish prescription charges for medical card holders, and ultimately incorporate all charges for prescription drugs into a system of universal healthcare.

These moves would be funded through progressive taxation.

The current government has choices.

It can choose to cut spending on public services and reduce taxation, plunging our health system further into crisis, or it can invest in fixing our health system, as Sinn Féin has proposed.”

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