Thursday, 8 February 1996
Dáil Éireann Debate
20. Mr. E. Byrne asked the Minister for Health the plans, if any, he has to impose controls on the private patient fees charged by general practitioners in view of reports that the IMO may seek to increase fees to between £20 and £25; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2721/96]
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Limerick East): In accordance with the provisions of the Health Act, 1970, health boards have entered into contracts with general practitioners for the provision of a number of services for patients including, the General Medical Services Scheme, the maternity and infant care scheme and the recently agreed national primary childhood immunisation scheme.
As Minister for Health, I have no function in the determination of fees paid to general practitioners other than those paid in respect of contractual  arrangements with general practitioners for the delivery of State-funded services. Private fees would be a matter between the general practitioner and the patient.
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