When it’s a re-assessment of the situation.
So the over 70’s get their medical cards back. The IMO get their very own Dorgan review. I wonder will the results of this review be as irrelevant as the pharmacy one was. There will be a lot of savings by just giving a flat fee for the over 70’s but this won’t make up for all of the €100m shortfall. The rest is to come from savings on dispensing costs. The only way I can see this to bring in compulsory generic prescribing or allow/direct pharmacists to substitute generically.
This is not permitted under the IPHA agreement until 2010 but lets see them dance around this provision. Or maybe the HSE might just ignore an agreement like they have done in the past.
All this does not take away from the cack handed way that the Dept of Health and the Govt have handled this situation. They totally under estimated the public feeling and anger. So it looks like my original post saying that the over 70’s medical card would not go because of the political activity of the old folks was right after all.
It’s a good job that the govt don’t own any breweries as there would be pretty few piss ups there.