Nenagh-based Labour councillor Virginia O’Dowd has reminded medical cardholders that new prescription charges came into force at the start of the year.
Cardholders can now apply for a Long Term Illness Card and avoid the monthly €2.50 prescription charge for each item if they are suffering from any following: Mental Handicap; Mental Illness (for persons under 16 years only); Phenylketonuria; Cystic Fibrosis; Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus; Haemophilia; Cerebral Palsy; Epilepsy; Diabetes Melitus and Diabetes Insipidus; Parkinson’s Disease; Acute Leukaemia; Muscular Dystrophy; Multiple Sclerosis.
Cllr O’Dowd also pointed out that if family members who have medical cards are using different pharmacies to purchase their medication it might be in their interest to set up their family as a group application to ensure they only pay €25 maximum per month. A family is you, your spouse / partner, any children under 16 years of age and any children between 16 and 21 years of age in full time education.
“This could have sizable savings for the family,” said Cllr O’Dowd.
You can set your family up as a group online, if you don’t have access to the internet contact your Local Health Office or call 1890-252919. You will need to have the medical card number for each member of your family. Your local pharmacist may also be in a position to assist, she said.
For further information, contact HSE Long Term Illness Section, Ballycummir Avenue, Raheen Business Park, Limerick.