Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (946)

Paul Connaughton


946. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Health the steps persons who hold medical cards and who have had to pay for blood tests taken in their general practitioners surgeries should take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23309/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

No person covered by the GMS Scheme should be charged for routine phlebotomy services provided by their GP or the Practice Nurse on behalf of their GP which are required to either assist in the diagnosis of a patient or to monitor a diagnosed condition.  For patients who have been charged in such circumstances, the HSE has put in place the following procedure:

The patient should forward his or her receipt for the charge to the HSE's local Primary Care Unit. The HSE will, in turn, inform the GP that where he/she inappropriately charges GMS patients for phlebotomy services, he/she is in breach of their contract. The HSE will also deduct an equivalent amount from its routine payments to the GP and will make a refund to the patient.