Free GP Care for the U’6’ and a new medical card for cancer patients U18 begin today – BREEN

July 1st, 2015 - Pat Breen

With Free GP Care for under 6’s commencing today (Wednesday), Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen is reminding Clare parents to register for the service.

“I am delighted that so many of Clare‘s GP’s have now signed up to provide free under 6 GP care. 87% of our GP’s are committed to taking part in the Scheme which begins today.

There has also been a very high registration of children for the scheme. It is great to see that parents are registering their children for free GP care in such high numbers and I would encourage parents who have not already registered for the Scheme that they can do so by logging on the HSE website

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. For children diagnosed with asthma doctors will carry out an annual review of each child where asthma has been diagnosed.

The Clinical Advisory Group which was established to develop guidance on assessing applications involving significant medical condition and in line with the recommendation of the Group children under 18 with a cancer diagnosis will be issued with a medical card for five years in recognition of the burden which is placed on a family when such a diagnosis is made. This decision also takes effect from today.
A Free GP Care Service for the over 70’s is also coming on stream. From the 1st August, over 36,000 people age 70 or older will be eligible for a GP visit card, regardless of income.

These measures will help ensure good quality primary care for the youngest and oldest in our society. It is best, where possible, to identify and treat illnesses locally, either in your local doctor’s surgery or primary care centre. By improving primary care we aim to reduce the demand on our hospitals which are under extreme pressure.