Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (148)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

148. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of children that will be in receipt of free general practitioner care if it is extended as proposed in 2020; and the net increase in the number of children covered resulting from the proposed change. [17189/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

My Department is undertaking a detailed assessment over the coming months regarding the most appropriate approach to facilitate a phased expansion of GP care without fees, taking account of the number of children that will be eligible to benefit from this measure.