Doctors and their 'blood' money
Published 18/10/2011 | 10:35
Many general practitioners are charging medical card holders between €10 and €20 for "routine" blood tests.
These are tests that are part of ongoing monitoring of medical conditions, as opposed to procedures employed in the course of diagnosing an illness.
But the doctors are contracted to provide free care in return for the state fee and allowances that they receive, and the Health Service Executive has threatened to penalise them.