Wednesday August 12, 2020

Your Money: The new reality for drugs and doctors

Are the costs of medication for patients really falling in this country? Graham Clifford reports.

15th June, 2014

It’s a 570-kilometre round trip from Cahir in Co Tipperary to Newry in Co Down. For the last four years, secondary school teacher Diane, who doesn’t have a medical card, has made that journey at regular four-month intervals to stock up on medication.

A severe asthmatic, Diane has saved around €2,000 on drugs since 2010 – but recent developments in the pricing structures of medication in the Republic have finally convinced...

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