Wednesday, July 01, 2015

First children in Ireland to access free GP care

Regina Doherty TD, Michelle Buckley with daughters Ailbha (2) Roisin (1) & Dr Maitiu O'Faolain (Deerpark Medical Centre)
Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has, today (Tuesday), said that this morning we saw the first of our children availing of free GP care, following the registration of almost 80,000 children to the scheme so far.

Speaking at the Deerpark Medical Centre in Ashbourne this morning, the Meath East TD said “this morning we have seen the first  two little girls, Ailbha (2) and Roisin (1) from the Buckley family avail of a full check up with their family doctor, Dr Matt, completely free of charge for the very first time. I am assured by their mother, Michelle, who is 38 weeks pregnant with her third child, that a great burden has been lifted for herself and her husband knowing that they can now bring their two little girls to the doctor free of charge.

“The most recent figures show that almost 80,000 children have registered for free GP care across the country, which is mirrored by almost 70% coverage of GP contracts thus far.

“2,036 contracts have been received accounting for over 84% of GMS contract holders. Specifically, 59 of the 68, that’s 87%, GPs in Meath have signed up for the scheme. These are absolutely fantastic numbers for Meath.

“At anything upwards of €50 per GP visit, it is no secret that keeping a family of young children fit and healthy is no easy feat, regardless of financial circumstances. As a mother of 4 children myself, I am all too familiar with the worries or fears associated with the smallest sign of a cough or a rash, particularly if you are a Mum or a Dad for the first time. To have your child seen to by your doctor without any associated financial worries or fears is certainly a step in the right direction for parents right across Meath."

 Doherty concluded “if you have yet to register for free GP care all you need is your own PPS number, your child’s PPS number and the selection of your GP of choice.

"If you would like to know more about the scheme or how to register please do not hesitate to contact me. You can register by going online to www.hse.ie or by sending an application form to GP Visit Card - Under 6s, PO Box 12629, Dublin 11.”

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