Local TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has confirmed that medical card holders aged 70 and over in west Dublin can now avail of reduced prescription charges, and so can their dependents.
“The Government’s new health legislation is good news for older people in west Dublin as it reduces their prescription charges. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 pensioners in D15 and D7 could benefit from this change.
“The maximum prescription charges for those aged over 70 years with medical cards – and their dependents – is being reduced from €2.50 to €2 per item. Maximum prescription charges will be reduced from €25 to €20 per family per month.
“335,000 older people across the country will benefit from this new legislation, as well as their dependents, bringing the total number of people set to benefit to 390,000.
“This delivers on a key commitment in the Fine Gael manifesto before the last election to reduce the cost of prescription charges for older people. I’m delighted that we can give something back to those who have made such a valuable contribution to society.”