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Should medical card holders be charged a small fee for going to the doctor or hospital?

Any mention of tampering with people’s benefits is always going to stir up a debate. You can imagine what happened when we asked if people should have to make a payment for the use of their medical cards when they visited doctors. We started off by talking to Pat who told us of his 6 and half hour wait in an empty A&E Department in Naas General hospital.

Ireland has been ranked as the country with the worst or longest waiting times in a comprehensive health study.

The 2016 European Health Consumer Index ranked Ireland 21st overall, out of 35 countries – which is the same ranking as last year‘s Index.

Should medical card holders be charged a small fee for going to the doctor or hospital?

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