Obstacles in way of medical care
I have recently moved to Ireland from the Isle of Man. I suffer from bipolar disorder, among other ailments, and require some assistance with the cost of my medication. My doctor approved my application for a medical card.
I took this form, along with the other documentation required, to my nearest Intreo Centre in Wexford in order to obtain a PPS number.
I was informed that the application form was not sufficient “interaction with the Government” to trigger the issuing of a number.
I have to post the application form to another Government office, knowing that it will be rejected as there is no PPS number on it. Once I receive the rejection letter, I then have to take it to the Intreo centre, where my number will be issued.
Apparently, this process will prove to them incontrovertibly that I am not a fraudster, criminal, terrorist or some other undesirable miscreant.
It is good to know that I’m not the only one with a mental disorder. Anthony Waugh Ferns, Co Wexford