Dr Andy Jordan, Chairman of the NAGP once again defends the practice of GPs charging patients for blood tests, “Blood tests simply aren’t covered under the GMS scheme, so it’s wholly reasonable for GPs to pass this cost onto the patient”.

“The alternative is for GPs to refer the patient on to a hospital which will take far more time, cost the State considerably more, delay diagnosis and add considerably to the stress of the already worried patient”.

The HSE acknowledges that their contract with GPs is “ambiguous”, so it seems somewhat unreasonable for them to pass these charges on to GPs, particularly when the total administrative cost probably exceeds the money reclaimed.”

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