Nearly 16,000 in Wexford hold GP visit cards


An extra 127 people in Wexford have benefited from new GP cards since new changes came into effect in April, Fine Gael General Election Candidate for Wexford Verona Murphy has told
Minister for Health Simon Harris TD increased the threshold for GP visit cards by 10% in October’s Budget. The changes, which came into effect in April, have seen an increase in the number of people accessing GP visit cards.
“Countrywide an additional 2,300 people have benefitted from changes announced by Fine Gael in last year’s Budget, and the Minister for Health has confirmed 127 of these are in County Wexford. In total, 15,936 hold a GP Visit Card while 61,077 people in Wexford hold a Medical Card.
Commenting further, Ms Murphy said; “These changes allow people to access vital GP services without concerns as to their ability to pay for this service. I want to see as many people in Wexford as possible benefit from these measures and urge people to check their eligibility at and apply.”
The changes were announced as part of Budget 2019 and were effective from April 1st. They included a 10% increase across all GP visit card weekly income thresholds, which could benefit up to 100,000 people.
They also include €10 reduction in the monthly Drugs Payment Scheme threshold from €134 to €124 and reduction in prescription charges from €2 to €1.50 for all medical card holders over the age of 70.
Verona Murphy added; “These changes are about ensuring and supporting care in the community setting, a fundamental goal of Sláintecare.
“You can check your eligibility for the GP visit card at and you can apply for the Drugs Payment Scheme at or through your Local Health Office. The reduction in prescription fees will be applied automatically.
“This is another step forward benefiting people across society; young, old, families, single people, low income and better off,” she concluded.

Be the first to comment on "Nearly 16,000 in Wexford hold GP visit cards"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.