The Junior Health Minister, Kathleen Lynch, said she may have to tell Government that they can't take any more money out of the health budget.
The Department of Health needs to find €666m worth of cuts next year, and as part of that plan, they are reviewing the medical card scheme.
"[If] there are people in there who need medical cards - and who qualify - then clearly their medical card can't be taken," Lynch said.
It may be the case that we do have to go back to the Department and say 'look, this is what we can do, we cannot do any more.'"
Lynch also said she believes that point needs to be reached.