Advocating for Medical Card Eligibility for People with CF
The Government has decided to develop a policy framework for medical card eligibility to take account of medical conditions. An Expert Panel has been established to examine the range of medical conditions that should be considered for inclusion in the policy framework. The Expert Panel will identify a range of medical conditions, in priority order, that would benefit most from medical card eligibility. Contributions were sought from the public, patient representative groups and professional bodies, to inform the work of the Expert Panel. In addition to encouraging members to provide feedback on this process, CFI also made a submission to the HSE advocating for people with Cystic Fibrosis to be automatically and permanently granted a medical card. The full submission is available on our website at: www.cfireland.ie/pdf/CFIMedicalCard_Submission_2014.pdf
In response to this submission, CFI were invited to send representatives to a key stakeholder meeting on July 24th to convey the challenges faced by people with CF interacting with the medical card application and review process. This provide us with an opportunity to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and to inform the working group on the necessity for PWCF to be recognised for inclusion in this scheme based on medical need. The Expert Panel has been asked to report to the Director General of the Health Service by September Ñ we will ensure members are kept updated on all subsequent developments relating to the medical card.