Free GP Care Service is now in operation for over-70’s

The free GP Care Service for the over 70’s began this week.

It means that all persons aged 70 or older will be able to access a GP service without charges, replacing the existing GP service arrangement for this age group which is based on a means-test. Their dependents, including spouses or partners, who are under the age of 70 will continue to have access to a GP service without fees where they meet the existing income limits.

Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD has welcomed the introduction, “I welcome confirmation from Ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch in the Department of Health that registration for the Free GP Care service for people aged 70 and over began this week, on Wednesday August 5th.”

This second phase of universal GP care extends a GP service without charges to everyone aged 70 years and older. This new measure applies to those aged 70 and over who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card, with persons over 70 already holding a medical or GP visit card not needing to register.

“From today, over 400,000 people aged 70 and over will be able to see their GP without paying fees. This follows the recent announcement that all children under six years of age would have access to GP care also without being charged, as this Government continues with their commitment to enabling free GP care to all those under 18 years of age.”

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