Doctor doctor… give me the news
Do you think GPs offer value for money? While they are at the frontline of medical care and play an essential role in keeping us all, well, alive, it is hard to escape the notion that some of them sometimes get away with charging ridiculous amounts for doing very little.
I have young children and while they are – thankfully – pretty healthy, they do need to go to the doctor occasionally. It really galls me when one of the apparently ever changing rota of GPs on duty in the “family practice” we go to takes a look down their throats, peers into their ears and solemnly declares it to be “a virus” (a diagnosis, which is, I reckon up there with ‘oh she’s just not herself’). I’m then charged €60. If I try to piggy-back on the visit and ask them to check my throat or have a cursory look in my own ears or listen to my chest, they apologetically explain that they can certainly do it but will have to charge me a further €25 for performing this onerous task which takes maybe 90 seconds. It’s not just me who has problems with charges.
Yesterday a reader from the Dublin 4 area contacted me to say that she had been charged €75 for a check-up and if blood or urine samples were taken a further €30 was added on to the bill. Ridiculous. Am looking for other stories of doctors fees so if you have any, feel free to share. . . Ta.