Originally Posted by the irish times
The Tanaiste is putting pressure on doctors to reduce the amount of money they receive to provide healthcare for elderly medical card holders.
Mary Coughlan has indicated that if GPs were prepared to take less money, the Government could readdress the abolition of universal medical cards for the over 70s.
There has been uproar since the Government announced in the Budget on Tuesday that they would be scrapping the scheme, which automatically entitles every person over 70 to a medical card.
The Minister for Health issued modifications to scheme last night.
People on the State contributory pension will still qualify, and those over the threshold will receive either a GP-only card or a €400 annual payment, depending on their financial situation.
Should lawyers take less cash to prop up the crappy legal aid system?
Should junior doctors and nurses take less money so the government can improve the crappy hospital system?
Or is coughlan justified in what she's asking for?
My opnion: It's a crock of balls. She's paying private contracters. If you want to dictate how much private business people charge, then emply them.
Emply docs to work for the state, and provide free-at-the-point-of-entry care to the old, the less well-off and the very young via salaried public doctors.
Just my 2c though.