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The new healthcare provision means that anyone over the age of 70 who does not have a medical or GP visit card can now sign up for free GP visits. Nearly 40,000 people are eligible to benefit from the scheme.
This is the second group of people to benefit under the new health plans, after free care was rolled out for children under six years old last month.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar described the new scheme as the next step to universal healthcare.
“It’s an important step because, for the first time, the eldest and youngest in our society will be able to access GP care without being charged.”
Patients have to register and be accepted by a GP before they can avail of services under the scheme. Where a patient’s doctor has a current GMS contract, he or she does not need to change GP.
Where this is not the case, or in cases where a GP is not accepting further registrations, the patient will have to find another GP.
The HSE says it will assign a GP to patients where they have been turned down by three GPs.