Average cost of GP private fee now varies from €39 to €55
Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30
The cost of seeing a GP varies from €39 to €55 across the country, a new survey has revealed.
It is cheapest in Co Leitrim and dearest in Dublin, the survey of 670 GP clinics reveals.
It comes as GPs who signed a new HSE contract to see all children aged under six for free, will no longer be able to charge them a private fee and will receive an annual State capitation fee of €125 instead.
The average private fee to see a GP is €50 a visit, the survey by WhatCinic.com showed.
A similar survey in 2013 showed a 2pc increase in the national average private fee.
More than three-quarters of the GPs surveyed had signed up for the under-sixes scheme but nine out of 10 "thought it was a bad idea".
A separate poll of parents found they averaged 3.5 GP visits per child annually. But families with babies under the age of 12 months could see their doctor 12 times a year.
Nearly one-fifth of parents said there were times when children had ear and throat infections where they could have to see a doctor four times a month.
Emily Ross, director of WhatClinic.com said: "The majority of families polled visited their GPs between two and five times a year per child with an average of 3.5 visits a year . . . How peak times are managed by GPs remains to be seen," she added.