Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said people were already struggling financially, without having to pay for UHI. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to delay the introduction of universal health insurance (UHI) has been widely welcomed.Mr Varadkar s(...)

Fianna Fáil has called for a wide-ranging debate on the publication of the earnings by GPs, dentists and other contractors from the HSE.The move comes(...)

Delays are caused by cuts in preventive treatment  by which dentists are only allowed to fill two teeth a year

Long delays in arranging oral surgery are forcing medical card patients to overuse antibiotics, according to the Irish Dental Association. The associa(...)

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(...)

GPs have  warned that  existing cuts as well as those proposed for this year are leading to the running down of general practice.

The health service and thousands of GPs, pharmacists, dentists and other contractors who provide primary care services have been struggling in (...)

Dentists are witnessing a “huge increase” in dental decay and other problems. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public confusion over medical entitlements means that 75 per cent of people who are entitled to a free dental check do (...)