[Sinn Fein]

4 June 2002

TD calls for Medical Card extension as CSO figures show gap

The Dublin South-West Sinn Fein TD, Seán Crowe, has called for the new Programme for Government to extend the Medical Card scheme to people on the minimum wage or under 18 and in full-time education.

Deputy Crowe was speaking after new Central Statistics Office figures show that more than a quarter of the population is without either a Medical Card or private health insurance cover. He said:

``The new Programme for Government should extend medical cover, remove the two-tier health system and establish a single waiting list that ensures access to treatment on the basis of need. It is the right thing to do and makes sense for the people's future health.''

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