Tuesday, 2 November 2004

Ceisteanna (155)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

222 Mr. McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the steps she has taken to recoup the €6 million overpaid to general practitioners under the medical card scheme; if any of the money has been repaid; if she will comment on the response she has received from the general practitioners representative body; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26853/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

An examination of the GMS register has identified, at the end of February 2004, overpayments of €8.468 million to general practitioners. During the course of consultation with the Irish Medical Organisation on the issue, my Department agreed to examine alleged underpayments in respect of certain categories of GMS patients. This matter is being examined. While no repayments have, as yet, been made by any affected general practitioner, my Department remains committed to recouping the overpayments identified, in line with the commitment given to the Committee of Public Accounts.