The Minister of State for Older People has admitted that there are still a number of issues to be ironed out in relation to the over-70s medical-card scheme.
Maire Hoctor was speaking at a meeting in Dublin today arranged by Active Retirement Ireland.
Many older people are still unhappy with the Government's plans to remove the automatic entitlement to medical cards for people over the age of 70, even though the proposed income thresholds would apparently only affect 5% of over-70s.
Ms Hoctor admitted today that she was particularly concerned about the possibility that an older person may lose his or her medical card following the death of their spouse, depending on their income levels.
She said she would meet the HSE and Department of Health officials this week to try to resolve the issue.