If taxation doesn’t break us, system will

As time goes by, new medicines replace old ones.

Over many years, old people become physiologically accustomed to the older versions of their medicines.

They may suffer a bad reaction to the new versions. Market forces take no account of that.

Lately, medical cardholders have had to pay for the new versions of such old medications. Yet, the old versions were free under their old brand names. The excuse given is that the new brands are “not on the list”.

That defeats the very purpose for which medical cards exist.

If that is a taste of things to come, then the next budget will break the Coalition into smithereens. It swept into power promising us a healthier deal. Old people on limited means find it difficult to stretch their diminishing euro.

It seems that if taxation will not take the money out of our pockets, then “the system” surely will.

I have a simple message to the Government partners for their forthcoming ‘Budgetocalypse’. Harden not your hearts. Be nice to the old people. Throw a few pfennigs our way. Show you really care.

Michael Mernagh


Co Cork

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