Donegal has the country’s highest rate of full medical card holders

medicalcardsNew statistics show that over half the population of Donegal has a full medical card.

An analysis by The Irish Times show that just under 55% of people in the county have a full medical card a marginal reduction on the figure for 2012.

The next highest is in Mayo with 49%, then waterford with 48% and Louth with 47%.

Dublin has the lowest rate - with 30% of the county's population with a full medical card.

The Irish Times figures show significant regional variations in the number of discretionary medical card.

1.95% of Donegal's population has a discretionary medical card - above the national average of 1.55%.

Laois/ Offaly has the highest rate of discretionary medical card holders at 2.52%.