Free GP care is not a pipe dream
It will not be easy for the government and GP bodies to find a workable solution - but it's not impossible, writes Alex White.
We have come a long way since the defeat of Dr NoÃ«l Bowne's Mother and Child Scheme in 1951. Our health services are immeasurably better than they were in the past, despite enormous pressures, especially since the economic collapse of 2008.
But money still talks when it comes to access to healthcare in Ireland, with consequences that are graver in primary care than in any other sector.
There is extensive evidence that GP fees...
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