Monday 22 January 2018

Average cost of GP private fee now varies from €39 to €55

The average private fee to see a GP is €50 a visit
The average private fee to see a GP is €50 a visit
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

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.

Irish Independent

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