IMO to discuss planned change in medical-card fees

IMO to discuss planned change in medical-card fees

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.

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