Thursday 22 March 2018

Miracle cash cure needed for scheme to succeed

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE Government will need a miracle cure of the financial kind if it is to meet its promise to have free GP care for all by 2016.

Even if it can come up with the figure of €332m – the annual cost of the measure – it is facing into a set of huge obstacles which could derail the plan.

Central to delivering on free GP visits will be the agreement of the doctors themselves – and direct talks have not even begun yet with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

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