Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Department of Health

General Practitioner Services

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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920. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated additional cost of extending free general practitioner care to the entire population, by age groups (details supplied). [18095/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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GMS contractors receive a range of capitation rates, fee per service payments and practice supports. Extending GP care without charges to all citizens who do not currently hold a medical card or GP visit card would encompass a further 2.85 million people approximately. It is not possible to definitively calculate the cost of universal GP care without charges, as a whole or by age groups, given the wide range of payments and variables that have to be accounted for.  

Such a calculation would require a complex and detailed modelling exercise to account for a range of demographic changes, future projections of service demands and variation in the number of GPs and the allowances that could be paid.

Additionally, the fees payable to GPs could only be determined following agreement with the IMO on the scope and content of the general practitioner service to be provided, as well as on the future of the various other supports provided to general practice.

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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921. To ask the Minister for Health the status of operations at an out-of-hours general practitioner centre (details supplied). [18098/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this question relates to a services matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

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