A patient in county Mayo with a GP only card, was charged 20 euro by the administration of the GP’s practice to secure a repeat prescription. When she queried the charge she was told that was the charge incurred.
However, the patient raised the matter with the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne, as cllr Kilcoyne is a member of the HSE West Forum and he sought clarification on the situation at this week’s forum meeting in Merlin Park.
HSE management clearly stated that a patient with a GP only card cannot be charged for a repeat prescription regardless of who issues it – the doctor, the nurse or the secretarial staff.
Cllr Kilcoyne explained to Midwest News today how he became aware of the case and the clear response of the executive of the HSE to it.