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.

27th April, 2014
When we talk about free GP care' we mean a system of universal access without fees at the point of use.

We have come a long way since the defeat of Dr Noël 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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