Children under 18 who are cancer patients will now receive a medical card for five years, under changes introduced by the HSE. The new approach is effective from today (Wednesday 1st July).
Tánaiste and Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton said: “In the very sad and difficult case where a diagnosis of cancer is made for a child or young adult, a medical card will be issued for a period of five years. Children who have already had a cancer diagnosis in the past five years will also receive a medical card for the five year period.
“This is a financial support for families at what is a very difficult time for them. It is part of a more compassionate approach to the awarding of medical cards, which we have been working to bring about with my Labour colleague, Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch.”
The changes come on the same day that free GP care kicks in for thousands of children under the age of 6, under reforms pioneered by the Labour Party. The latest figures show that 86% of GPs in Dublin West have now signed up to the scheme.
Joan Burton said: “It means that from today, parents in Dublin 15 will have the peace of mind of knowing that they can bring their sick child to the doctor, without having to worry about the cost.
“These investments in health are only possible because of the economic recovery and the improvement in our public finances we have brought about. I look forward to seeing further benefits for working families as part of the dividend from the recovery.”