9.2. 2021 Minister for Health Announces Extension of Medical Card Eligibility for Those with a Terminal Illness

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 The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has today, Tuesday 9 February, secured Government approval to expand access to medical cards, making them available to all those who are terminally ill and have a prognosis of up to 24 months.

 See the full statement from the Department of Health here

NAI issued the Statement below in response to Today's Announcement 

The Neurological Alliance represents over thirty organisations working on behalf of the 800,000 Irish people living with neurological conditions. While we broadly welcome today's statement for automatic entitlement for those with a terminal illness we look forward to further detail: including the procedure that will be applied for people whose period of terminal illness ends up extending beyond 24 months. 

It is important to recognise that many neurological conditions are not life limiting, but represent a chronic burden of disability, often progressive in nature. The statement made today is a positive development, however it should be viewed only as a first step in improving access to medical cards for those with serious chronic illness and disease. 



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