Saturday August 8, 2020

Terminally ill man writes to Donnelly over medical card eligibility

John Wall, who has stage four prostate cancer, has told the Health Minister eligibility reviews for patients with fatal illnesses are unnecessary

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

26th July, 2020
John Wall, who has terminal cancer, received an apology from the HSE after he had his medical card revoked and reinstated twice

A man with terminal cancer has written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, urging him to extend automatic eligibility for medical cards to all terminally ill patients.

John Wall was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer in 2017, and subsequently had his medical card revoked twice after reviews by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

After an apology from the HSE, Wall’s medical card was reinstated, but he said that the process of reviewing emergency medical cards...

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