Making GP visits free for entire population could cost under €400m per year

A new study from the ESRI also found the move would result in significant savings for consumers

Stephen Donnelly, the Minister for Health. Picture:

Providing free GP care to the entire Irish population could cost between €400 million and almost €900 million per year, new research has found.

THe study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) also said the move could reduce out of pocket spending on GPs by nearly €400 million a year.

The ESRI report, funded by the Department of Health, looked at the cost of making GP visits free for the entire population by ...