Cllr Martin Kenny has called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD to extend the list of conditions that qualify a patient for a Long Term Illness Card to include Rheumatoid Arthritis and a range of cancers.
Cllr Kenny said, “The Long Term Illness Card is separate from the standard medical card and is available to people who are diagnosed with certain conditions regardless of income. The present list of conditions are, Mental handicap, Mental illness (U16 only), Diabetes, Haemophilia, Cerebral palsy, Phenylketonuria, Epilepsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophies, Hydrocephalus, Parkinson’s, Acute leukaemia and conditions arisingfrom use of Thalidomide.”
Cllr Kenny believes this scheme should be extended to include other life changing and long term conditions such as the whole range of difficult to treat cancers. He has also called for the inclusion of Rheumatoid Arthritis and has written to the Minister for Health seeking these changes to the scheme.