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# 46 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 14:51
 
 
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# 47 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:06
 
 
Someone said :

I think he means go to the doctor have then charge you €50 or whatever just to renew your prescription and then off to the pharmacy. I suffer from asthma as well and is annoying to be told i "have to see the doctor/make an appointment" just to get my standard meds given to me. Especially when your on a tight budget.

I understand the new government is considering bringing in a GP service akin to that in the UK which, essentially, means that everyone can visit a gp free of charge at the point of consultation. Further, this is supposed to be coming in for anyone with a chronic condition, such as asthma, pretty quickly, so that might be good news coming soon.
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# 48 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:09
 
 
Someone said :

I understand the new government is considering bringing in a GP service akin to that in the UK which, essentially, means that everyone can visit a gp free of charge at the point of consultation. Further, this is supposed to be coming in for anyone with a chronic condition, such as asthma, pretty quickly, so that might be good news coming soon.

yea this would be great news if it comes about - the variance in costs over here to see a gp (thats if your lucky to get to see one) is crazy - from 40 euro to 70 euro. so it would be great to see this. people who are genuinly sick and not on med cards are just deciding not to go to the doc over the costs involved.
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# 49 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:13
 
 
Someone said :

yea this would be great news if it comes about - the variance in costs over here to see a gp (thats if your lucky to get to see one) is crazy - from 40 euro to 70 euro. so it would be great to see this. people who are genuinly sick and not on med cards are just deciding not to go to the doc over the costs involved.

I hate to be a killjoy, but there are consequences of not paying your GP directly, one of which is the service is likely to deteriorate. As we can see in the NHS, if money is not used as a disincentive to visit a doctor, the only other way they have is to restrict access by queueing. Lers hope in ireland that doesn't happen.
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# 50 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:21
 
 
my own doc is great and have been with him for years - but except for two mornings - he runs an open surgery - so to get in early in the afternoon - you would need to be there about 12 mid -day - then you have some hope of getting out of it by about 3.30/4.00. he kinda gives everyone half an hour or longer.
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# 51 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:27
 
 
Someone said :
my own doc is great and have been with him for years - but except for two mornings - he runs an open surgery - so to get in early in the afternoon - you would need to be there about 12 mid -day - then you have some hope of getting out of it by about 3.30/4.00. he kinda gives everyone half an hour or longer.

I'd rather pay €50 than sit in a surgery from 12 - 4pm waiting to see a doctor. But then differences are what makes life interesting, I suppose.
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# 52 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:42
 
 
Someone said :

I'd rather pay €50 than sit in a surgery from 12 - 4pm waiting to see a doctor. But then differences are what makes life interesting, I suppose.

oh i still have to pay 50.00 (min) even waiting that long. he is a very good doc and has had to turn patients away as he is in such demand - but this is the way he works. if someone comes in with a child or an emergency - then they go first and you jsut have to wait until maybe 5.00 (i dont go that often thank god. )
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# 53 : Monday 28-3-2011 @ 15:50
 
 
Someone said :

oh i still have to pay 50.00 (min) even waiting that long.

That would be too long for me to wait. The surgery I go to you don't have to make an appointment, but if you do you are generally seen in ten minutes, if not you could be waiting an hour. I'd rather make the call.
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# 54 : Wednesday 30-3-2011 @ 13:10
 
 
dont think i'd wait that long either.thats mad having to pay 50€ and not even get seen.
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# 55 : Wednesday 30-3-2011 @ 13:43
 
 
Someone said :

oh i still have to pay 50.00 (min) even waiting that long. he is a very good doc and has had to turn patients away as he is in such demand - but this is the way he works. if someone comes in with a child or an emergency - then they go first and you jsut have to wait until maybe 5.00 (i dont go that often thank god. )

thankfully i have a medical card now,but like you say,my doctor is in great demand.you nearly have to plan around his schedule to be sick.i remember going down to him when my son was 2 wks old and i still had to wait 2 and a half hrs to see him.he said my son had a chest infection.he ended up with pneumonia.pay with a medical card or money,it doesnt matter.when youre sick,youre sick.
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# 56 : Wednesday 30-3-2011 @ 13:47
 
 
yea its the same with me - it doesnt matter whether you have a med card or are paying u still have to wait. now the good thing is that once you do get in - there is no rushing or racing - he gives you all the time in the world - has a chat about life, music - whatever your into - as everyone knows him by his first name. but i am so used to him now that i just plan ahead and if i have to go - then i know i will be a few hours. outside that though - the man has hardly any time off - he finishes surgery about 7 in the evening and then goes on house calls .
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# 57 : Thursday 7-4-2011 @ 22:38
 
 
Hopefully he doesn't run himself into the ground and we will be down another good doctor.
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# 58 : Tuesday 12-4-2011 @ 05:31
 
 
Off to see mine tomorrow for a check up. Not overly fond of him, wouldnt mind a change to someone younger and more people friendly. If thats not a total agest comment
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# 59 : Tuesday 12-4-2011 @ 06:22
 
 
I've had the same doctor now since the early 90's. He's a good sort and never rushes you out the door.
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# 60 : Tuesday 12-4-2011 @ 16:50
 
 
Someone said :
If thats not a total agest comment

I wouldn't see it as ageist at all, I do wonder how much follow up training doctors do as medicine has advanced a lot in the last 20 years.
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