Thursday, 11 April 2019
Department of Health
General Practitioner Services
148. To ask 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]
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.