DEPUTIES Ó CAOLÁIN AND MUNSTER INTRODUCE MEDICAL ENTITLEMENTS IN NURSING HOMES BILL

4 October 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sinn Féin Dáil Deputies Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan/Monaghan) and Imelda Munster (Louth) jointly introduced new legislation in the Dáil last week that is designed to stamp out the practice of charging medical card-holding nursing home residents for medical needs and services that they are entitled to under the terms of the medical card scheme.

Deputy Munster stated: “I have had numerous cases in my constituency clinics where elderly people are being charged for basic medical equipment and therapies, despite having a legal entitlement to them free of charge under the medical card. People are being charged for wound dressings, prescription painkillers and bedsore creams, and therapies like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. “In one case, an elderly resident was billed over €2,500 for these services over a 15-month period. This is an outrageous cost to elderly people and their families. “To add insult to injury, there appears to be little or no accountability from the….

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