Thousands of Clare children aged under 6 are to benefit from free GP care from this summer following an agreement reached between the Department of Health, the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).
The extension of GP care free at the point of service to everyone aged 70 or over and who does not currently qualify for this benefit will also take effect at the same time as the under-6 service, subject to the enactment of the necessary legislation early this summer.
The news has been welcomed by Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Tony Mulcahy who said that over 10 thousand children in Clare are eligible for free GP care under the new family friendly measure being introduced by the Government.
“This will have a huge impact on thousands of families across Clare, who will no longer have to stump up €50 every time a child has to see the doctor,” he said.
“This is another important step towards universal healthcare and follows the recent agreement on free GP care for over-70s. Both will make a real difference to the lives of the youngest and oldest in our society and delivers on the Government’s promise of enhancing primary care,” added Senator Mulcahy.
He continued: “From this summer 300,000 children and senior citizens in Ireland who currently have to pay to see their GP will no longer have to. All children under-6 will benefit from the new enhanced service including age-based preventive checks focused on health and wellbeing and the prevention of disease and for children diagnosed with asthma doctors will carry out an annual review of each child where asthma has been diagnosed.”