GP leader defends €666,622 medical card pay
Dr Andy Jordan, chairman of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), is listed as one of the top-earners from the State medical card scheme in 2013.
The doctor, who has a practice in Tallaght, Dublin, received €666,622 in fees and allowances under the scheme.
He is one of four GPs whose practices were paid in excess of €600,000.
The NAGP is opposing the Government's scheme of free GP visits for all under-sixes. It says it wants the €67m for the under-sixes to be spent on patients with more medical need instead.
Dr Jordan said last night he is part of a practice in Tallaght at which the vast majority of patients are medical card holders.
The funding paid to the practice covers the salaries of 22 staff including 12 secretarial staff, three practice nurses, four full-time GPs and three part-time GPs.
As well as covering the everyday overheads of running any business, such as heating and electricity, the practice income must also cover the cost of necessary medical equipment and medications, he added.
He does not charge patients for the extra services not covered by the medical card scheme, such as blood tests.
Former Fianna Fáil minister and Donegal-based GP Dr Jim McDaid received €219,158, while Fine Gael Wexford TD Dr Liam Twomey received €56,878.