O’Dowd Reminder On Drug Refund Changes

NENAGH Labour councillor Virginia O’Dowd has reminded those who hold a medical card and family groups that, under changes to the Prescription Charge announced in the last Budget people are now allowed to group their pharmacy receipts to claim back a refund.

NENAGH Labour councillor Virginia O’Dowd has reminded those who hold a medical card and family groups that, under changes to the Prescription Charge announced in the last Budget people are now allowed to group their pharmacy receipts to claim back a refund.

The maximum total monthy charge payable by families is capped at €19.50, effective from January 1, 2013.

She pointed out that in some cases, family members may not have the same medical card number, for example, where more than one doctor is used by the family. It is important for all of the family members to be grouped together so that any prescription charge paid by them goes towards reaching the maximum totally monthly charge payable.

Cllr O’Dowd also stated that where a family group uses a single pharmacy each month, and where the pharmacy can identify all the family members, you should not pay more than the monthly limit.

However, if your family has visited more than one pharmacy and has paid more than the monthly limit, then the HSE will automatically issue refunds based on the information received from pharmacies.

“This is an important piece of information that may have been overlooked by many families and will help towards managing the costs of regular medication,” said Cllr O’Dowd.

She pointed out that further information can be had from 1890-252919 or www.medicalcards.ie