There were also about 70 family doctors who received gross payments of less than €1,000 for the full year of 2012. One GP received only €20 under the scheme. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

One family doctor’s practice received nearly €800,000 in fees and allowances under the medical card and gener(...)

The IMO described the HSE’s reversal on the level of savings to be made under medical card probity tests from €113 million to €23 million as a “u-turn” which “undermines the HSE’s credibility on financial issues”.

The HSE service plan for 2014 has been described as an “austerity charter” by the Irish Medical Organisation which says the proposed budget is not ade(...)

How can it make sense to provide free GP care to healthy young children while denying those who struggle with chronic disease the care they need and deserve? Photograph: PA

The Government’s decision to offer free GP care to all children aged five and under in the recent budget has provoked a strong reaction. Those in favo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is being called on  to protect children who are palliative and going home to die by giving them a medical card automatically. Photograph: Eric Luke

Medical cards should be given to terminally ill children ahead of the Government’s plan to expand eligibility to all under-5s, according to the head o(...)

In total, the HSE paid about €2.5 billion to contractors – doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacists – in 2011, representing about 20 per cent of its total spend. Fee cuts have seen reductions in payments for many professionals but this has been ameliorated by a rise in the number of people qualifying for medical cards.

A Dublin family doctor has earned more than €700,000 from the HSE for treating patients subsidised by the State under the medi(...)