Elderly to benefit from reduced prescription charges

Elderly to benefit from reduced prescription charges

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Older people in Clare are set to benefit from Fine Gael’s new health legislation.

That’s according to Clare Senator Martin Conway who is highlighting a new Bill which will see a reduction in prescription charges for 330,000 medical card holders aged 70 and over, as well as their dependents, from 1st March.

“New health legislation being introduced this week is good news for older people in Clare as it will reduce their prescription charges. This means more money in the pockets of older people as they care for their health,” Senator Conway said.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet. This legislation reduces the maximum charge for prescription charges for those aged over 70 years with medical cards and their dependents.

It will mean that from tomorrow prescription charges will reduce from €2.50 to €2.00 per item and total prescription charges will be reduced from €25 to €20 per family, per month. This is set to benefit 330,000 people across the country so it’s great that older people in Clare will benefit. Next week also sees the introduction of the €5 per week increase in the Old Age Pension,” he added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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