One Dublin GP reports that half his elderly patients are having their medical cards reviewed. While their original cards were reported as being valid until 2016 and beyond, many have been surprised by a sudden notice from the HSE that their cards are to be reviewed at the end of May, or June. It is essential to realise that losing their Medical cards will not only disqualify them from free Primary Health care at the G.P. Surgery, but will generally push them back on the Drug Refund scheme, where many will have to pay €144.00 per month for their medicines. Many will not be able to afford this.
They will also lose a raft of other benefits that come with the medical card, including social and community supports from the HSE, and various allowances and tax exemptions.
Furthermore, many elderly patients are not able to cope with the pressing demands of this bureaucracy. Many are suffering from cognitive impairment, and a sudden form in the door causes incredible stress for them.
A few fairly random examples of (real) patients so contacted are
81 year old woman, suffering recurrent strokes. Lives alone. Manages with home help, and meals on wheels, with the assistance of the Public Health Nurse and Occupational Therapy. Will not be able to afford any services or medicines. Will not be able to maintain an independent lifestyle
80 year old woman, in subsidised accommodation. Medicines cost in excess of €500 euro a month. Suffers from hypertension, insulin dependant diabetes, stroke, glaucoma, blind in one eye, osteoarthritis. €7.00 over threshold.
80 year old man, early dementia, anxiety state, lives at home, chronic obstructive airways disease, barely coping with social welfare inputs.
88 year old woman in heart failure , with dementia, temporal arteritis, macular degeneration and kidney failure.
86 year old man with atrial fibrillation, incapacitated from osteoarthritis.
87 year old woman with dementia, osteoarthritis, asthma.
89 year old woman post stroke, in atrial fibrillation. Grossly incapacitated, and needs ongoing help
83 year old woman with advanced rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
79 year old woman, incapacitated post bowel cancer , in renal failure, with hypertension.
And on and on – there are literally thousands of these
Make no mistake what is going on here
This is done in order to buy cheap votes in middle class Dublin. This is done in order to provide medical cards to the largely healthy children of the top income earners in our society. For this pupose the HSE are sacrificing the Sick, the Old and the Infirm.
These moves will definitely shorten these peoples lives lives and speed them to an early grave (another economic benefit, for the state no doubt).
This is euthanasia by stealth.
These people do not deserve this.
Please Please pass this message on.
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and please do not let this uncaring state get away with this preposterous injustice.