Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Ceisteanna (215)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

215. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will review correspondence (details supplied); the financial assistance offered to general practitioners setting up new practices; the way in which they can apply for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6270/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract, General Practitioners are reimbursed for a range of services they provide to medical card and GP visit card holders. GPs are remunerated for these services primarily on a capitation basis, with a range of additional support payments and fees for specific items of service.

GPs can claim practice support subsidies towards the employment of a Practice Nurse and/or Practice Secretary. The amount payable in respect of certain of these supports is related to the doctor's panel size. In addition, GPs practising in rural areas may be entitled to claim supports under the Rural Practice Support Framework. If a GP requires further information on how to claim a specific allowance under the GMS scheme, he/she should make enquiries of the local HSE office.

Questions Nos. 216 and 217 answered with Question No. 211.