Private health insurers show the way forward

The introduction of a primary care card with four different levels of entitlement could be a viable option for the future of the medical card scheme, writes Brendan McElroy.

10th August, 2013
Ninety four per cent of all medical card holders had the full card in 2011. Photo: Thinkstock

It seems that the medical card scheme is never far from controversy. Recent issues include planned cuts to numbers of medical card holders, including cancer patients, and delays in processing applications. Is the system fit for purpose? Can it be reformed to better meet the health system's strategic priorities? First we'll look at some facts about the scheme and then discuss options for the future.

There are two types of medical card. The first one...

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