UCD To Charge For Health Services

University College Dublin has announced it is to introduce fees for its student health service for this year.

Charges for students, most of whom start their term in September, will include a €10 fee for a nurse visit and a €25 fee to see a doctor.

Students were informed of the new charges by email on Monday.

However, charges will not apply to students on medical cards and counselling services will also remain free of charge.

A spokesman for the UCD said: "In the current economic climate UCD must change the way it funds this service. It is no longer possible to maintain a free service for all students.

"These charges will enable UCD maintain the current level of medical services and also provide a platform for additional services."

Other charges will include €40 for a psychiatrist consultation and €25 for a contraceptive visit. Additional charges for special services such as travel vaccines, Sports Clinics, Minor Surgery, Medicals and eye tests will continue.

UCD student union president Garry Redmond says the new system will not affect vulnerable students.


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