An increase in the old age pension and reduction in medical costs is good news for Donegal pensioners

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An increase in the old age pension and reduction in medical costs is good news for Donegal pensioners

Medical card holders who are aged over 70 are set to benefit from Fine Gael's new health legislation, according to Minister Joe McHugh.

A new Bill reducing prescription charges for medical card holders aged 70 and over, as well as their dependents, has recently come into effect.

Minister McHugh said: "New health legislation being introduced this week is good news for older people in Donegal as it will reduce their prescription charges. This means more money in the pockets of older people as they care for their health.

The legislation reduces the maximum charge for prescription charges for those aged over 70 years with medical cards and their dependents. It will mean that from tomorrow, prescription charges will reduce from €2.50 to €2.00 per item and total prescription charges will be reduced from €25 to €20 per family, per month.  

“This delivers on a key commitment in the Fine Gael manifesto before the last election to reduce the cost of prescription charges for older people, and I am delighted that older people and their families in Donegal will benefit," he said.

In addition, next week sees the introduction of the €5 per week increase in the Old Age Pension.

“Fine Gael is working hard to protect the economic progress we have made, so that we can use it benefit the people who need it most. This includes older people, and we are working hard to ensure that that the fruits of our economic recovery are shared with them, across every region of the country,” he said.