Asylum-seekers exempted from prescription charge

Regulations exempting asylum-seekers living in direct provision from the prescription charge levied on medical-card holders have been signed by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.

The decision to exempt asylum-seekers from the €2.50 per item charge was in response to evidence that recent increases in the charge caused hardship among people living in direct provision.

Mr Varadkar said the exemption would “relieve some of the financial burden on people living in direct provision, who previously were obliged to pay the charge from limited State support”. Asylum-seekers receive €19.10 in direct payments each week.

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