Dáil Éireann - Volume 400 - 27 June, 1990

Written Answers. - Medical Card Entitlement.

246. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some medical practitioners in the Eastern Health Boards area are charging fees for visits to patients awaiting renewal of the medical cards on foot of application forms signed by these doctors; and if he will ensure that persons with full eligibility do not have to pay for their entitlements.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): The Eastern Health Board has advised me that it has not received any complaints regarding charges levied by general practitioners for services provided to patients while their medical card eligibility was under review.

The board has also advised me that where a person's eligibility status is under [1160] review that person continues to hold full eligibility pending the outcome of the review. Under the terms of the GMS doctors' contract a participating doctor shall not levy a charge for services provided to an eligible patient and provision is made in the contract for the taking of disciplinary action where this condition is breached.