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Reduced prescription charges

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:02pm

Families across the country will see medication costs fall next year after Health Minister Simon Harris this week confirmed a reduction in prescription charges.

Minister Harris signed a statutory instrument on Tuesday which will mean new reduced prescription charges from 1 January 2018.

It was announced in Budget 2018 that the charge will reduce from €2.50 to €2 per item and there will be a reduction in the monthly cap from €25 to €20.

Minister Harris said: “Nearly 500,000 medical card holders under the age of 70 will save up to €60 in 2018 from the reduction in the prescription charge. In line with the Sláintecare recommendations, and subject to available resources, it is my intention to build upon these initiatives in future years and continue to reduce the cost of medicines for families.”

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