Medical card holders are set to get their prescription charges reduced in the forthcoming budget.
The current €2.50 charge is levied on each prescribed medicine dispensed and is capped at €25 per month per person or family.
Former health minister James Reilly pledged to abolish the charge, which was 50 cent five years ago, but ended up increasing it five-fold for the country’s 1.7 million medical card holders.
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