We’re talking about the medical system in Ireland. Yes it is a mess and there is no getting away from it. But what should we do?
Look we have unemployed people who have medical cards and they are using them A LOT according to the yearly figures released by the Department of health.
But we have a middle class population in the country who are struggling to make ends meet. With rents and the cost of living increasing many families find it virtually impossible to visit the Doctor. A doctor’s visit can range anything above 60 Euro or more – which many people can’t afford.
Then we have the more affluent communities who have private medical insurance and can avail of Doctors and Specialists appointments a lot more easily and frequently.
In short we have a tiered medical system that does not provide cover to all people across the country.
With Leo Veradkar talking about USC and Tax Rates in the upcoming budget, should they look at a radical proposal to fix our floundering medical system once and for all?
Some people in the office said that the Medical Card should be gotten rid of and everyone in the country should be made to pay a weekly charge of let’s say 10 or 15 euro a week.
So if you are on the Dole then it would come out of your weekly welfare payment. If you are working then it would come out of your salary in the form of a general tax.
This would generate much needed funds for the health system and would ensure that ALL people would have access to medical coverage including the unemployed and the struggling middle class.
Would you be in favour of this? This would help all people get the health care they need. Or is this just another tax for all to pay?
Would you support abolishing the Medical Card in favour of a universal charge of 10 Euro a week for full medical care?