The Irish Medical Organisation is due to meet today to discuss the Government's move to slash the fee paid to GPs for treating people over 70 who retain their medical-card entitlement.
The Government announced the move as part of last week's climbdown on its decision to remove the automatic medical-card entitlement from over-70s.
A senior civil servant was appointed to examine the matter and has recommended that the fee be reduced from €640 to €290 per patient.
The IMO will decide today whether to ballot its members on the revised fee.
The change will save the taxpayer an estimated €16m a year.