Saturday 25 February 2017

'It'll take the anxiety out of deciding to go to a doctor'

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Mother of two children, under 6, Donna Hartnett, pictured in Cork city (Credit: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision)
Mother of two children, under 6, Donna Hartnett, pictured in Cork city (Credit: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision)

Mother-of-two Donna Hartnett admitted she is mystified as to why there is such a low rate of sign-up by GPs in some areas for free care for under-sixes.

Donna, who has two children qualifying for the scheme, said it is astonishing that the take-up in parts of Cork is under 50pc, while in Donegal it was 94pc within hours of the scheme opening.

Donna lives in east Cork with husband Paul and children Tessa (5) and Ryan (2). "Tessa will be six in December so the scheme is really a bit late for her. But I would anticipate that it should prove very handy for Ryan," she said.

"I believe the introduction of the new GP card for under-sixes will take away the anxiety that comes at the moment when you decide whether to take your child to the doctor or sit it out and hope they improve."

"Parents can move forward in a situation like this with the focus primarily on their child's comfort and not on money."

"We have searched and successfully found a clinic who charge a fee of €35 per visit. This is especially important to those who pick up infections almost monthly while attending pre-schools and schools."

She is now trying to determine if their family doctor is signing up for the scheme.

Irish Independent

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