Asthma is now a common chronic disease, affecting every family.
The Asthma Society of Ireland is calling on Minister Leo Varadkar to take meaningful actions in Budget 2016 to help the 3,116 people living with asthma in Leitrim
The society outlined that the cost of hospital admissions with asthma from Leitrim is €79,607. 173 people have had to visit the hospital with asthma issues, 43 of those were hospital admissions.
Asthma also has a hugely negative financial impact; both on people’s monthly outgoings and on the State’s finances. Asthma costs the Irish economy more than half a billion Euro per annum.
The Asthma Society survey found that 40% of their members spend €100-144 on their medication each month, with 27% spending more than €400 per year in visits to their GP.
“With many households having multiple asthma sufferers, it is placing an insurmountable pressure on Irish families. 92% of our members want to see asthma included in the Long Term Illness Scheme,” Sharon Cosgrove CEO stated.
Despite, the best efforts of the Society advocating on behalf of their members, the plan put forward by them has remained unimplemented apart from the recent free GP care for the under 6’s contract which has a built in cycle of care for asthma.
“The 470,000 people with asthma in Ireland need Minister Varadkar to step up to the plate and show leadership by implementing the policies which have been approved by his Department.
“The Health service budget is constantly under strain to meet demand however, our budget asks would result in substantial savings for the HSE in acute care” concluded Cosgrove.