GPs, who will be asked to provide free visits to children under-five, will be hoping for an improvement on the existing yearly capitation fee of just over €74.
The current fee GPs receive to care for children under-five covered by a medical card is €74.59 for a boy and €72.76 for a girl.
The yearly capitation fee is lower still for children aged five to sixteen years – €43.29 for boys and €43.79 for girls.
The fee is paid to the doctor regardless of how little or often the child visits.
Doctors get an additional fee of around €41.63 for visits if they are called out to the child's house outside of surgery hours.
While GPs will lose out on private fees for those aged five years and under from the middle of next year, they will receive guaranteed State payments of around €37m for the free care.
The downside is that the rate of visits to GP surgeries is expected to increase as surveys show medical-card holders attend their doctor more frequently than private patients.
Meanwhile, The Irish College of General Practitioners warned that aspects of the Budget "have the potential to cause significant distress to the most vulnerable patients in our society."
Spokesman Dr Darach O Ciardha said it was calling on the Government "to provide details of the reports or data that the Department of Health used to measure the health outcomes and benefits that universal medical cover for children aged five and under would deliver."
He said: "Providing universal GP cover for all children aged five and under may seem laudable and a step towards universal cover."
"However, the other action of withdrawing an estimated 35,000 medical cards from the over-70s is contrary to the expansion of universal health cover. It is, in effect, a withdrawal of cover from a group in our population who already have universal medical cover."