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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# free gp care

This year
215,000 people become eligible for free GP care from today
People earning up to the median income will now be eligible for GP visit cards.
Children aged six and seven can be registered for free GP care from today
It follows an agreement between the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation last month.
Free GP care to be expanded to another 500,000 people from August
The move will cover all six and seven-year-olds and people who are earning up to the median income.
ESRI: Extending free GP care to all by 2026 could cost state up to €881 million
The research was published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
All time
FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago?
Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.
Doctors warn that extending free GP care to under-8s is 'putting pressure on a timebomb'
The IMO has warned that many GP clinics are already at capacity and cannot take on new patients.
Government approves plans to give 14,000 carers free GP cards
Health Minister Simon Harris said that he knew of the difficulties faced by carers in Ireland.
374,000 students get access to free online GP consultations
The USI has said the move will help students who are struggling financially.
'In a utopian society there would be free GP care. In reality, we can't do that'
Doctors are struggling with a jump in consultations and lack of resources.
Free GP care extended to more kids, but not everyone's happy about it
The measure follows this year’s controversial introduction of free GP care for the under-6s.
Registration for over-70s free GP care begins today
The announcement has been made by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
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.
This eight-year-old's cancer fight has led to a big change for other children
Children and young adults under 18 will be automatically granted medical cards.
Ten parents PER MINUTE are signing up to free GP care for under 6s
The level of uptake has been described as “phenomenal”.
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.
Just under 1,500 GPs have signed up for under-sixes free GP care
Parents are now able to sign their under-sixes up for free GP care
The website for under-sixes free GP care is down, but it is still possible to register
The service has been experiencing a large volume of traffic this morning.
Poll: Will parents bring their under-sixes to the GP more now that it's free?
Parents are able to sign-up for free GP care for under-sixes from today.
Doctors are being urged to refuse to sign up to the free GP scheme
They say that the plan will not be in the best interests of patients.
Half of Ireland's GPs are working more than 50 hours per week
Doctors say their mental health has been affected by the pressure they’re now under.
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.
The government says children under six will have free GP care later this year
Legislation passed today includes an amendment to ban gagging orders on doctors that was put forward by Senator John Crown.
Here's the one thing Enda Kenny and Joan Burton have definitely agreed on...
Over 70s will be happy with this one.
The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children
Senator John Crown’s amendment to free GP care legislation has been passed – against the government’s wishes.
Doctors call for 'Robin Hood' approach to medical card crisis
The NAGP want the government to divert money that’s ring-fenced for free under six care to discretionary medical cards.
Doctors' organisation says politics getting in way of patient treatment
IMO President Dr Matthew Sadlier was also critical of the free GP care plan and Universal Health Insurance proposals.
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about Sean FitzPatrick being found not guilty.
Go-ahead given to free GP care for under sixes
The ICGP says that if Cabinet agrees to bring in free GP care, it will be a premature decision.
The government has so much work on right now it's having an extra Cabinet meeting today
Yes, seriously.
White: I invited the IMO to talk about GP concerns - that hasn't happened
The IMO said it is studying the minister’s response to its concerns but criticised him for his refusal to negotiate fees with them.
It's not only nurses that have emigrated to find work. Guess how many GPs have?
The IMO say that the last five years has seen seven years’ worth of Irish qualified GPs move to the UK.
IMO wants "real negotiations" on free GP care
Doctors held a ‘mass briefing’ for parliamentarians throughout today.
Free under 6s GP care dubbed 'trojan horse' to change doctor conditions
The IMO said a new draft contract for the initiative would mean a significantly increased workload for doctors and would require additional resources.
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”.
Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of that
Reilly also said that he will legislate in the new year to crackdown on private health insurance providers offering plans which exclude treatment at certain hospitals.
Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences, GPs warn
The doctors’ group is warning that measures like the downgrading of medical cards for 35,000 pensioners could cause problems down the line.
Reilly: €666 million adjustment "toughest challenge I've had to face yet"
The Health Minister’s been tasked with overseeing a programme that will include €268 million in pay-related savings and €113 million from a ‘probity drive’ aimed at medical card holders.
Reilly on health cuts: 'This does entail more heavy lifting for people'
How €113 million will be saved in ‘medical card probity’ was a key issue at today’s health budget briefing.
Under 5s care "first step" towards free GP visits for all --- Howlin
The move, flagged in advance of today’s Budget, has been criticised by the GP representative group who say there was no consultation in advance.