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Prescription charges to fall from January 1 [05/12/17]

Further moves due to reduce drug costs, following signing of statutory instrument to cut prescription charges from New Year's Day

The Minister for Health,  Simon Harris, has signed a statutory instrument that will mean a reduction in prescription charges from January 1. "Reducing the cost of medicines for families is a commitment in the Programme for Government and this year the prescription charge was reduced for over 70s. "In line with the Slaintecare recommendations - and subject to available resources - it is my intention to build upon these initiatives in future years and continue to reduce the cost of medicines for families," said Minister Harris.  

It was announced in Budget 2018 that the charge will reduce from €2.50 to €2 per item and there will be a reduction in the monthly cap from €25 to €20. Minister Harris said “This means that from the start of the New Year all medical card holders will only pay €2 per item, with a maximum cost of €20 a month. Nearly 500,000 Medical Card holders under the age of 70 will save up to €60 in 2018 from the reduction in the prescription charge.



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