A growing number of GP surgeries in the Dublin region are offering special family rates and plans to reduce costs to patients.
For instance, the Irish Private Medical Centres at the Beacon Court, Sandyford, offers a unique package to patients. For a family, it costs €30 a month for its family plan. That covers two adults and up to three children for an unlimited number of GP visits, under an annual agreement.
For an individual, the cost is €15 per month, and if you are over 55 it is €10 a month, according to spokesperson David Howard. All these plans offer an unlimited number of visits to the GP, he confirmed.
Elsewhere in Dublin, D2 Medical Centre at Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2, said it always offers a family rate.
It is €55 per consultation and half price per family member after that.
Primacare, which has a head office in Lucan is offering a medical family consultation rate of €60 at its surgeries across the city.