16/06/2015

Free GP Care Registration System Opened

The registration system for the new Free GP Care for Children Under 6 has been officially launched by Labour's Kathleen Lynch.

From July 1st all children under 6 will be eligible for GP care free at the point of service. They will also benefit from age-based assessments focused on health and wellbeing, identifying obesity and other problems early, and the prevention of disease. These assessments will be carried out once when a child is aged 2 and again at age 5, in accordance with an agreed protocol.

Minister Lynch said: "This is good news for parents with babies and young children. Having a sick child is challenging enough without having to worry about the cost of visiting your GP. Assessments for children at age 2 and 5 years as part of the service are in keeping with this Government’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing.

"In addition, the new Asthma programme will help parents and children to manage this condition hopefully leading to a better quality of life. The fact that parents and guardians have been signing up in their thousands since early this morning demonstrates the enormous support for this measure."

Parents are encouraged to visit www.gpvisitcard.ie for more details and to register their children for this new service.

(MH/CD)

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