HSE paid GPS and co-ops €540 million for State health schemes in 2016
The HSE paid GPs and co-ops €540 million last year for State health schemes, such as treating medical card patients.
Figures obtained by RTE News under the Freedom Of Information Act found that 2,900 GPS or their practices were paid on average more than €186,000 each.
More than 40 GP practices and co-ops earned an average of over €500,000 each in payments.
The highest earning GP co-op was Care-Doc in Carlow/Kilkenny, which received a gross payment on €3.3 million.
This gross payment includes expenses such as the wages of doctors, nurses and clerical staff, insurance and technology.
The highest paid named doctor was Dr Andy Jordan, who earned over €952,000 at his Dublin South West practice in 2016.
Health Minister Simon Harris told RTE News that the Government in negotiating a new contract with GPs.
The GP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation has called the publication of these payments "misleading and unhelpful."
Dr Padraig McGarry, Chairman of the IMO GP Committee, said: "The figures are gross figures which take no account of the substantial costs incurred by GPs in providing services including cost of premises, staff, technology, insurance and every other business cost for which they are liable.”
Dr McGarry said in a statement that GPs engage in more than 25 million clinical consultations each year and more than €160m has been cut from GP services since the economic downturn.
He said that GP services here are under-resourced compared to our European counterparts and this is having a negative impact on our health service.