Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (326)

Louise O'Reilly


326. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if it is policy for patients with disabilities in community houses who 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.