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Sunday 10 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# GP care

This year
Eligibility for GP visit cards expanded for people aged up to 69 and children aged 8 and over
The online application system will open next month.
Last year
Opinion: Every woman needs access to reproductive healthcare over the course of her life
On the launch of its new ‘Every Woman’ report into healthcare, National Women’s Council Director Orla O’Connor looks at the challenges that still remain.
All time
'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group
Six and seven-year-olds would receive free care from this year under proposed legislation.
Free dental care for under-6s and free GP visits extended to under-8s from September 2020
The changes will be brought in from next September.
Poll: Does it make sense to charge a nominal fee for 'free' GP care for the under-12s?
The Sunday Independent this morning reports that parents could be charged a fee of €5 per visit for such care.
Here's how many kids have been signed up for free GP care so far
The Minister for Health is happy with the progress so far.
Leo tells GPs to "cop on" in heated exchange over under-sixes
The minister was accused of stroke politics and he was having none of that.
Parents registering their kids for GP care were shown other people's details
The website for the new system has been beset with problems since it went live yesterday.
Get treated anywhere in the EU and the HSE can pick up the bill
There has been an office in place to administer the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive since February.
Doctors say it's not fair to charge fees for prescriptions
The report singles out user charges as “inefficient in comparison to pooled funding”.
So it turns out that 'free GP care' might not actually be free
A modest charge could be applied but no final decision has been taken.
How should Irish adoption laws be changed?
Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.
Free GP care will lead to 750,000 extra consultations per year
The Irish Medical Organisation says that figure will “overwhelm” the health system.
IMO could threaten legal action over contract on free GP care
It said it is disappointed by Minister Alex White’s ‘failure to correspond’ with the organisation on negotiations over the issue.
Minister can't rule out "fiver or tenner" charge for 'free' GP care
Alex White raised the issue of nominal fees at the Labour conference, but says he is “not advocating such a charge”.
IMO accuses Government of pushing 'spin over substance' after meeting
The two sides were discussing plans for free GP care for children aged under six.
IMO remains "sceptical" about free child GP care and will tell the Government today
The union say the plan is being implemented “by diktat”.
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s talking about a stabbing in Limerick, Remembrance Day and devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan.
IMO accuses Reilly of 'racing ahead' with extension of free GP care
GPs are also reporting “extensive unease” among patients over the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards.
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?
Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly's ability
The junior minister said Reilly is the most suitable person to tackle the health budget.
Aaron McKenna: Giving free GP care for all children under 6 is reckless
Not all families NEED help in sending their children to a GP – but the Government is ignoring that in a cynical ploy to curry favour with the electorate.
Noonan: 'No connection' between cuts for pensioners & free GP care for under 5s
The Minister’s been speaking to reporters on his way into the final Cabinet meeting ahead of Budget 2014.
GPs split on free GP care for under fives
The plan is expected to be included in tomorrow’s Budget, but GPs don’t seem to know if it is a good thing or a bad thing.
Fine Gael TDs on Twitter and free GP care : The week's news skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Leinster House goes wild photocopying arses, free GP care for healthy citizens, and FG TDs insult each other for Twitter practice.
Taoiseach promises: Government is still going to introduce free GP care
“Ultimately the entire population will be covered by free GP services,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.
Government plans free GP care by 2015, universal insurance by 2016
James Reilly unveils a programme of ambitious reform in the health sector – saying he’ll need two terms to totally finish it up.
HSE chief to face questions over health spending
Cathal Magee will appear before an Oireachtas committee today – with questions likely to focus on nursing home care.