Limerick medical card holders wrongly charged for blood tests

first_imgFacebook Previous articleLimerick men urged to mind their mental healthNext articleSisters, swing out to Limerick City Big Band Alan Jacques Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsLimerick medical card holders wrongly charged for blood testsBy Alan Jacques – December 12, 2015 922 TAGSblood testsCllr Maurice QuinlivanHSElimerickmedical cardsSinn Fein center_img Cllr Maurice Quinlivanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Maurice QuinlivanA NUMBER of medical card holders in Limerick are being charged for blood tests by their GPs despite the fact they are entitled to this free service as part of existing service contracts with the HSE.People have contacted Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Limerick City, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, in the last couple of weeks to express their confusion at being charged despite being eligible for free general medical services.Describing the charge as “absolutely unacceptable”, Cllr Quinlivan has advised those who had been charged that they are entitled to a full refund from the HSE.“A number of medical card holders have made contact with me to seek clarification and advice after being charged for blood tests. This is absolutely unacceptable as blood tests are free of charge to medical card holders as part of existing service contracts with the HSE and under the 1970 Health Act,” he explained.“I am quite shocked that this has been happening as I am aware that the HSE has written to contract holders a few times to clarify that the position with regards to phlebotomy services. That being said, I have also heard stories of posters being put up in some GP surgeries notifying all medical card patients that they will be charged €15 for blood tests from January 1 next.”Cllr Quinlivan insists that it is extremely important that the HSE communicates the position regarding provision of such services to contract holders.“This may have to be done more forcefully or with more clarity as it is clear that the message is not getting through in some cases. It has to be made very clear to all GPs that this not allowable or acceptable.“My foremost concern is for the welfare of medical card holder who are obviously not in a position to absorb the cost of such payments. Our GPs are a vital part of our communities. The vast majority have a very good understanding of their contractual obligations. However, it is clear that some, whatever the reasons may be, are not sticking to the terms of their contracts”, Cllr Quinlivan concluded.In response, the HSE told the Limerick Post that it has been made aware of instances where GPs have charged General Medical Services (GMS) patients inappropriately for phlebotomy (drawing blood) services. They have written to GP contract holders and clarified the position in relation to charging for phlebotomy.“A GP is expected to provide patients who hold a medical card or GP visit card with all proper and necessary treatment of a kind generally undertaken by a GP and not requiring special skill or experience of a degree or kind which GPs cannot reasonably be expected to possess.“A medical practitioner should not charge for these services or for travelling or for other expenses, premises, equipment or instruments in making the services available. In circumstances where the taking of blood is necessary, the GP may not charge that patient if they are eligible for free GMS services”.Medical card patients who feel they have been inappropriately charged for phlebotomy services can email [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border

first_imgGeorgia DNR seeks to fund wildlife viewing projects  The Citizen-Times reports that park rangers from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the National Mall and Zion National Park, among others, have been ordered to send rangers to the border. Park officials report they’ve been informed that their rangers could be stationed at the border through September 2020. The Georgia State Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals for its Wildlife Viewing Grants Program. The program funds projects that help Georgians enjoy and understand the state’s animals, plants and habitats. Grants are capped at $3,000 per project and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2020. The goal of the program, said Wildlife Conservation Section Chief Dr. Jon Ambrose, is to provide viewing opportunities that increase awareness and appreciation of native animals that aren’t hunted or fished, native plants and natural habitats.  The Trump administration has ordered park rangers from national parks around the country, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to temporarily relocate to Arizona and Texas to patrol the U.S. border. The move comes as the House of Representatives declined to fund President Trump’s $5 billion border security plan. The license-free day over Thanksgiving weekend is one of eight license-free days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. During these license-free days, anglers can fish without first obtaining a fishing license. All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions still apply. To view all fishing regulations visit Grant proposals can include facilities, improvements or other initiatives. Visit for details, including instructions on how to apply. Winning grant application will be announced by February 21, 2020. License-free fishing offered in Florida over Thanksgiving weekend Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border Heading south for some Vitamin D this Thanksgiving weekend? If so, anglers will want to take advantage of Florida’s license-free saltwater fishing day on Saturday, November 30. Offered to both Florida residents and visitors, license-free fishing days are a great excuse to get out on the water.last_img read more

Man United scrape past Rochdale on penalties in League Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United’s current malaise was laid bare as they struggled past third-tier Rochdale 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup third round at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, showing nine changes from the one that lost at West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, laboured against their League One opponents before taking the lead through Mason Greenwood in the 68th minute.However, 16-year-old Luke Matheson equalised eight minutes later, to send the tie into a shootout.United prevailed, although, with keeper Sergio Romero making one save to spare their blushes as the hosts successfully converted all their spot-kicks and Daniel James slotted home the winner.Although United struggled, they at least avoided the complete humiliation suffered by West Ham United who were thrashed 4-0 at League One Oxford United.Top flight Bournemouth were also humbled by third-tier opposition, losing 2-0 at Burton Albion.Sheffield United joined the Premier League clubs to depart the competition as they lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland.There were no alarms for Premier League leaders Liverpool or Chelsea.Liverpool won 2-0 at MK Dons to set up a clash with Arsenal while Chelsea crushed Grimsby Town 7-1 to give manager Frank Lampard a first home win since taking over in the summer.Chelsea will face Manchester United in round four.Aston Villa won an all Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion, prevailing 3-1 to set up a fourth-round meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers who also needed penalties to get past Championship side Reading.Reuters/NAN.Tags: League CupManchester Unitedlast_img read more

GOtv Airs Live Broadcast of Euro 2016

first_imgGOtv subscribers will have access to select matches of the UEFA European Championship (Euro 2016), which started in France yesterday and will end on July 10. The matches, available on all GOtv packages, will be broadcast live on its SuperSport Select 1.This was announced in a statement issued by the pay-TV service provider. According to the statement, the matches are being made available as a way of adding value to subscribers’ viewing experience through exciting content that is close to their hearts.GOtv subscribers watched the opening match of the tournament between the host country, France and Romania.Other first round matches that would be aired live on GOtv include England v Russia, Belgium v Italy, Germany v Poland, Portugal v Austria and Croatia v Spain.In the round of 16 and quarter final stage, GOtv will air two live matches respectively.  Subscribers will also watch one live semi-final match and the biggest match of the tournament, the final game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Slovak Hockey praises Tipsport’s vital support

first_imgShare EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Submit TIPOS Slovakia chairman arrested on money laundering charges November 28, 2019 StumbleUpon Hosting a press conference in Bratislava, Richard Lintner, Director General of Hockey Slovakia, has personally thanked bookmaker Tipsport for its support of the ‘pro-league’ during a crucial transitional period for the sport in Slovakia.Leading Slovak pro-hockey, Lintner announced that Hockey Slovakia had secured its most important commercial partnerships to date. Tipsport would remain as title sponsor of its ‘Slovenská Extraliga’, supported by national broadcaster RTVS as lead media partner.Tipsport, the largest betting operator within Czech Rep and Slovakian markets, maintains its position as ‘Tipsport Extraliga’ title sponsor for a further three seasons.The Czech bookmaker has held the title partnership since 2015, taking over from petrochemicals firm Slovnaft Group.Richard Lintner, former defenceman for NHL teams the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators, praised Tipsport’s support, stating that the bookmaker had been a vital partner during a period in which the ‘league was standing on the on the brink of a divide’.Hockey Slovakia’s director detailed that without Tipsport funding and support, the Extraliga would have been unable to undertake crucial reforms revitalising Ice Hockey in Slovakia.With the support of Tipsport, a revamped Extraliga has been able to secure its largest media broadcast deal, with RTVS paying a minimum of €300,000 per season combined with a 10% increase in TV rights per season.“In four years, we have gone a tremendous journey, resulting in two lucrative contracts today,” said Lintner. “In 2015, as a league standing on the brink of a divide, we began to build trust first inside the clubs and in the hockey movement, and then, of course, towards our partners and our fans.“Today is a declaration that the journey that we have managed to complete together has been successful. The most important link is that today will be the road to continue so that we can move Tipsport League forward. Both contracts earmark us for a minimum of three seasons.” IMG strengthens its global network with NHL US rights February 18, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more