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Dozens due refund on prescription fees 17.11.14

DOZENS of Donegal people wrongly charged for their prescriptions are still waiting for a rebate, a Fianna Fáil T.D. has said.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue today called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to ensure the HSE refunded money owing to people with Long Term Illness cards as soon as possible.
He said thousands of people nationally are due a rebate after they were mistakenly charged for their prescriptions.
Donegal North East TD, Charlie McConalogue.
“There are a dozens of people across Donegal who were wrongly charged for their prescriptions, many of whom require a variety of medications to treat their illness.
"Former Health Minister James Reilly presided over an increase in prescription charges, from 50c to €2.50 per item, placing a substantial financial burden on these people and their families. People who paid the maximum fees every month will be due a refund of almost €100, however many people have still not received their rebates."
He said the HSE had assured him that refunds would be issued by the end of October.
“However, none of the people who contacted me have had their refunds issued to date, and the HSE is now stating that the repayments will be made 'in due course'," he added.
"Minister Varadkar needs to take a hands-on approach and ensure repayments are issued as soon as possible."
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