Case study: Doctor card will save me €600 each year - Susan Lawlor
MOTHER-of-four Susan Lawlor believes the Government's decision to grant free GP care for children younger than five will shave a minimum of €600 off the family's annual budget.
The primary school teacher has been a familiar sight at her GP's office over the past few years as she brought Mark (6), Sean (4), Caoimhe (3) and eight-month-old Saoirse to see the doctor with the usual array of childhood illnesses and colds.
And with three children under five, the Lawlor family believe they will benefit hugely from the Budget.
The Dublin mother estimated that she visited her GP at least once a month with one of the children, resulting in a spend of at least €600 annually.
"We would visit the GP with the kids at least once a month. That's €600 a year. Then obviously, there's going to be an antibiotic of some sort. You're talking about €700 to €800 per year, on a good year," she said.
"It means that on a day when you may be concerned about your child's health, in order to have your fears allayed you can just say 'Right I am going to the doctor'. I don't have to worry do I have €50 in my wallet.
"That €50 could be spent on food. Parents don't have to decide on an either/or situation there."
Susan and her husband Ronan are both thankful to be employed. However, she is now concerned over who else will suffer because of the Budget decisions.
"When I hear that they are going to tighten up on the elderly, you know they are robbing Peter to pay Paul.
"And the elderly do have medical needs," she added.