Medical card system based on illness is unworkable', say numerous doctors

GPs warn that scheme will be a political and clinical minefield.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
6th July, 2014
James Reilly, Minister of Health. Picture: Tony O'Shea

Doctors have described the government’s plan to allocate medical cards to patients with specific medical conditions as “unworkable”, warning that any such scheme would be a political and clinical minefield.

Grading illness would be difficult and subjective, they said, signalling that any move in this direction would require a new GP contract.

The government announced plans to allocate medical cards by this system last month. The decision to extend eligibility on...

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