Irish Hospice Foundation calls for extension of free medical card for children with ALL life limiting illness

Categories: Policy.

The medical card change coincides with the start of free GP care for children aged under six.

Extending medical cards to children who have been diagnosed with cancer was one of the recommendations of the clinical advisory group which was set up to look at medical card eligibility.

Irish Hospice Foundation CEO, Sharon Foley, welcomed the announcement by Primary Care Minister Kathleen Lynch, describing it as a “welcome and compassionate approach” towards awarding discretionary medical cards.

However she said this should be extended to all young people aged under 18 with life limiting illness. New figures reveal that the number of children in Ireland living with life limiting illness is 3,840, almost three times the number previously estimated.

The data was put together by the HSE National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care and was published in a recent edition of the Irish Medical Journal.

“The last thing parents of children nearing end of life need to be worried about is if their children will have the care they will need in the last months and weeks of their life.

“It is heartening to see that the Minister is listening to the concerns of people in relation to medical cards and it would be welcome if the free medical cards for under 18’s was extended to all children with life limiting illness”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *