No GP service for middle-income people, regional health forum is told
Thu, Mar 30, 2023
HSE West has confirmed that a shortage of GPs in the region is making it difficult for people to receive medical care or get on a patient list with a doctor.
The matter was discussed after a representative from Tuam, Cllr Donagh Killilea, told the HSE West Forum this week that he had constituents who were unable to become registered with a family doctor in the area because no GP was willing or available to take on new patients.
He said that while those entitled to a medical card are also entitled to GP care, “middle-income earners who are above the income threshold to qualify for a medical card are being left without access to GP care and are being forced to use A&E and Westdoc out of hour services in order to receive medical care.”
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