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Irish Health Service Cuts Support for Gluten-free Products

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Celiac.com 10/19/2012 - Irish citizens with celiac disease will no longer be reimbursed for the gluten-free products they buy, under to a newly announced cutback to their health benefits. Image: CC--Irish Typepad The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) says ...

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What in the world are they THINKING ? :angry::ph34r::blink:

Gluten free food over here in North America is a lot cheaper, but still more expensive. But over there, where it is outrageous, they are telling one percent of their population (Irish have one of the world's highest rates of celiac) tough luck, it's not really medically necessary ? This is outrageous. Who makes these decisions, and on what basis ? What are they going to do to ensure that these celiac patients have access to affordable food ?

I did a search on a different search engine than google, because google is substandard lately, and found this:

Waterford Today

Gluten free food cut for the most vulnerable

http://www.waterford-today.ie/waterford-lifestyle/17728-gluten-free-food-cut-for-most-vulnerable-17728.html

The Coeliac Society of Ireland strongly opposes the

decision of the HSE to cut all gluten-free products from the GMS and DPS Community Schemes

Staple gluten-free products such as bread, flour, pasta and cereals will become unaffordable for medical card holders and others on low incomes, leading to the real possibility that they will be much less able to follow a gluten-free diet.

Gluten-free products can be up to four times as expensive as ordinary gluten-containing foods, with a loaf of bread costing in the region of

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