Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said there will be a secondary medical card test for those who do not meet the criteria of the means-test.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said that there is no point lobbying politicians for medical cards.
Fianna Fáil has today called on the Government to abandon plans to change the medical card system.
The HSE has said that more than two-thirds of people who lost their discretionary medical cards in the controversial review have now had them returned.
The Taoiseach has today signalled that there will be no re-imbursement of money to people who are getting their discretionary medical card returned.
The Irish Cancer Society will meet with the Health Minister James Reilly and officials from the Department of Health today to discuss discretionary medical cards.
A senior HSE director is insisting the executive did not ask for proof that a child still had Down Syndrome in the course of a medical card review.
There have been fresh appeals for the Government to re-instate discretionary medical cards to those who have had them removed.
The HSE has confirmed that people who have already lost their medical cards will not be able to get them back.
The HSE is planning an increase of more than 40% in the number of medical card reviews it carries out this year.
Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore has branded cases where people are repeatedly contacted over their medical cards as "a form of harassment".
The head of the Oireachtas Health Committee says some people are falling through the cracks when it comes to discretionary medical mards.
Minister for Primary Care Alex White has said that he cannot comment on plans for a possible 'third tier' of medical cards.
The head of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP Committee Ray Walley has labelled the Government's plan for free GP care by 2016 a "pipe dream".
Health chiefs have not been given “pre-cooked” orders on the number of medical cards to cancel to hit a €113m savings target.
The head of the HSE has today insisted that nobody who deserves a medical card will lose it.
HSE chief Tony O'Brien will face questions from TDs and Senators today over exactly how many people will lose their medical cards next year.
TDs will today begin debating legislation to cut medical cards for over-70s.
Other areas within the health sector will be cut if significant savings cannot be made from the medical card review, the HSE has warned.
Health Minister Dr James Reilly has reiterated commitments that no-one who is entitled to a medical card will be denied free healthcare.
Fianna Fáil is insisting that there has been a change in the way the Government apply their discretion regarding the medical card scheme.