Assurance needed on medical card backlog

fINE Gael TD Charlie Flanagan claims he has received assurances from the HSE that they will clear the Medical Card application back log within weeks.

fINE Gael TD Charlie Flanagan claims he has received assurances from the HSE that they will clear the Medical Card application back log within weeks.

People have been waiting months to have their medical card application renewed or their fresh claim processed. Last month, Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley described it as a “third world situation.” Problems arose when the HSE moved the processing of medical cards from local administration to a centralised applications centre in Finglas.

Speaking as a member of an all-party delegation that met the HSE at the new Primary Care Reimbursement Services (PCRS) HQ in Dublin, Deputy Flanagan said he had outlined serious delays in applications from the midlands.

“People are worried and anxious that the cancellation of Medical Cards is resulting in lengthy delays and uncertainty for those who are unwell,” Deputy Flanagan said.

The Fine Gael TD welcomed the fact that the HSE has this week contacted all doctors confirming that a medical card will continue to remain valid irrespective of the expiry date on the card once the holder of the Medical Card is genuinely engaging with the HSE.

“There are almost 1.8 million Medical Card holders in the state and the new centralised administration must respond positively to allay people’s fears and worries”, concluded Deputy Flanagan.