For Oral Answer on : 16/02/2023
Question Number(s): 115 Question Reference(s): 6665/23
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Health when he expects free GP health care to be extended to those aged six and seven years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
My officials and the HSE have made preparations for the expansion of GP care without charges to all children aged 6 and 7. Engagements with the IMO, representing GPs, in relation to the necessary fee structures are ongoing with the intention of introducing this service as early as possible.
Furthermore, from 1 April 2023, eligibility will be extended to people who earn the median household income of €46,000 or less. It will be adjusted for people living alone and for those with children; further operational details will be made available prior to the commencement of the income-based expansion. It is envisaged that these measures will be supported by a significant package of additional capacity supports to GP practices.