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Free GP care for over 14,000 carers

The Government has approved the drafting of legislation which will allow over 14,000 carers to benefit from free GP care.

The Bill will  provide for free GP services to all those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit.

Health Minister, Simon  Harris said, “This Government recognises the need for further supports for those who are caring for the most vulnerable in our society. I’m very happy to say that when implemented, this measure will enable people who are in receipt of full, or half-rate, Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit to qualify automatically for GP care without fees. I’ve heard first-hand about the pressure that many people are under as they care for their loved ones, and I believe it is important to recognise their commitment and support them. Carers willingly give up a great deal to provide care to family members and others, and I hope that this concrete support from the State for their mental and physical wellbeing will help alleviate some of the strain.”

This measure will benefit approximately 14,000 persons who do not currently hold a Medical or GP Visit Card. The change will be implemented this year, subject to the drafting and enactment of the necessary legislation.