Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (326)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

326. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if it is policy for patients with disabilities in community houses that have medical cards to be charged a general practitioner fee for a medical exam every 24 weeks or six months; if not, the reason this is occurring in some community houses in the Fingal area; his plans in instances in which patients are being charged this fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16104/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the terms of the current GMS contract, GPs are required to provide eligible patients with  ''all proper and necessary treatment of a kind usually undertaken by a general practitioner and not requiring special skill or experience of a degree or kind which general practitioners cannot reasonably be expected to possess." There is no provision under the GMS GP contract for persons who hold a medical card or GP visit card to be charged for medical services provided under the contract.

As this question relates to a local matter, I have arranged for it to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.