Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, has said that the conditions qualifying discretionary medical card applications should be changed to make it easier for those with cancer applying for a medical card.
She commented, “There is a distressing process to be awarded a discretionary medical card. I have assisted medical card applicants suffering from cancer who have been rejected despite having a serious illness and are not in a position to meet rising costs.
“The current system is deeply frustrating. Some patients might be eligible for a GP visit card however this does not go all the way to assist patients and their families with considerable costs throughout their treatment.
“Patients should not have to be dragged through weeks of red tape while undergoing medical treatment for cancer. The process to be considered for a discretionary medical card should be streamlined. The Minister and his Department must consider changes to the system,” concluded Deputy Smyth.