Special medical card use down by 37 per cent

The number of patients covered by discretionary medical cards was 50,294 at the end of last year, after a 37 per cent drop in just under three years.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd February, 2014
Billy Kelleher, health spokesman for Fianna Fail.

The number of patients covered by discretionary medical cards was 50,294 at the end of last year, after a 37 per cent drop in just under three years.

The number reflects a drop of more than 30,000 people compared to the start of 2011, when 80,524 people held discretionary medical cards issued by the HSE.

Some 1,849,380 people had medical cards at the end of 2013. This figure includes those with discretionary medical cards.

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