Medical card scheme revised
The Cabinet yesterday gave approval to draft legislation, as a matter of urgency, to allow all qualified GPs to treat medical card holders.
Hundreds of GPs cannot treat medical card patients because of rules governing entry to the scheme.
But under the planned legislation, the HSE will be able to give the contract to a qualified GP.
The doctors can establish a practice in a location of their choice but they will need prior approval if they want to switch from their existing location.
The changes will give patients a greater choice of doctor.