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.