100,000 Children Sign-Up for GP Care in 3 Weeks

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Minister Leo Varadkar has announced that over 100,000 children have signed up for the new free GP care for children under 6 service, since registration started on June 15th.

The enhanced universal GP service for under-6s started on July 1st. About 2,100 out of 2,400 GP have agreed to provide the new, enhanced service, which includes preventive checks focused on health and wellbeing and the prevention of disease when a child is aged 2 and again at age 5 and an agreed cycle of care for children diagnosed with asthma.

Minister Varadkar said: “I’m very encouraged by the sign-up by parents and doctors. Almost 9 out of 10 GPs have agreed to this new, improved GP service for children. I fully expect more parents to register their children over the summer and autumn. This gradual registration shows that the overwhelming majority of parents are focused on providing for their families and will not allegedly abuse this service. This universal approach to GP care brings us into line with what other European countries did decades ago. I strongly believe that, in the future, children should not be means-tested for healthcare based on their parents’ income.”