- People with asthma are spending up to€144 a month on their asthma medication.
- 40% of respondents said that they don’t take their medication as prescribed because of cost.
- A further 25% said they travel outside of Ireland to buy their medication because they can’t afford to buy it here.
- The majority of those surveyed said they spent more than €250 per year on GP visits. As asthma is a disease that runs in families GP and medication costs can sky rocket.
- Subsidise medication for those most in need through the Long Term Illness Scheme or introduce another targeted scheme for people with asthma (In a recent survey of our members 91% of respondents stated that they wished to see a commitment by all political parties to have asthma included in the Long Term Illness Scheme).
- Reduce the cost of asthma medication.
- Introduce free GP care for all people with asthma as per the cycle of care set out in the National Clinical Programme something which 53% of our members said should be rolled out as a priority in a recent survey.