Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1116)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

1116. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce free general practitioner care for children under 12 years of age [20091/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government intends to extend GP care without fees to all children aged between 6 and 12 years on a phased basis, starting in 2020. Legislative changes will be required to give effect to this extension.

As part of the recent agreement reached on GP contractual reforms and service developments, the IMO has agreed that it will engage with the Department of Health and the HSE in relation to the contractual aspects of this service in advance of implementation.