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The fact that a 70 year old couple on over 1k perweek can have a medical card while a widow in her 40s with teenage children will lose her medical card if she takes up a crap min wage job.This is a rather vague thread title. What issue about Medical Cards for the over seventies concerns you ?
The fact that a 70 year old couple on over 1k perweek can have a medical card while a widow in her 40s with teenage children will lose her medical card if she takes up a crap min wage job.
TV licence should be abolished anyway. RTE should be able to get enough from advertising to surviveThe free TV Licence should be tackled first take it off everyone! I'd like to see them get sympathy when they are out marching for that one!! Means test this medical card and a levy on PS pensions and even levy more those exPSers who are still working!
It is means tested on a voluntary disclosure basis. There is no way for the HSE to cross check between revenue and HSE. If you tell them you are earning less than the threshold or tell them nothing they have no way of checking.
Why do you think they cannot means test child benefit, because the dept of social welfare (or whatever they are called now) cannot crosscheck with the revenue. Maybe the croke park agreement will allow them all to talk to each other. Remember PPARS even the HSE computers couldnt talk to themselves.The HSE cannot cross check with Revenue, how crazy is that. All they have to do is provide the PPS numbers to Revenue, its 2010, its all on computer. What preventing them from doing cross checking?