Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 31 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

  171. Mr. O’Connor asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost of extending the proposed doctor only medical cards to the rest of the population; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18206/05]

  Ms Harney: The estimated cost of extending the proposed GP visit card to the rest of the population, that is, in addition to the 200,000 already proposed for 2005, is in the region of €550 million. This is based on the existing rates of capitation and other fees paid to GPs.