Today I have called on the Minister for Health and the HSE to clarify the renewal process for Medical cards with no clear system in place. There is uncertainty about the renewal process for medical card and it is essential that the Minister and the HSE clarify quickly what arrangements are in place.
I’ve received mixed messages about this with some cards automatically renewing, while for some the HSE are seeking further information and some are just being stopped. There must be clarity on what is going on, as it is causing confusion and unnecessary worry to people.
A general extension would resolve this quickly. For example, in one instance, I was informed that they could not tell me whether a card due to expire next month would be renewed.
For older people contacting me their medical card is a comfort blanket and the lack of a clear process is confusing and worrying for them. We need certainty on the rules that apply, and I would expect the Minister and HSE to act quickly so that there are automatic renewals for the period of the pandemic along with a grace period once the overall restrictions are lifted. Anything else would just create unneeded confusion and bureaucracy.
If you have any questions about this or any other issue concerning you please contact me on:
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Senator Mark Wall Labour Party Spokesperson on Defence, Tourism and Sport.