Kildare GP practice is among the highest earners in the country

A Kildare GP practice is one of the highest earners in the country when it comes to the amount of money paid out to GP's from the HSE each year. Participation in the medical card and other State primary healthcare schemes earns the 100 top earning GP practices in the country payments of almost €50 million per year. A Kildare based GP practice is among one of the highest earners from this scheme. Kildare and West Wicklow Doctors on Call(KDOC) was paid €994,068 by the HSE last year, which helped bring their total income up to €3,947,167. The Irish Medical Organisation were quick to respond to the report and claims it is completely misleading however. "Before the GP is paid a single cent out of this income they must first pay a range of business expenses including staff costs, rent rates, light and heat, IT infrastructure, commercial and medical insurance, vital and expensive medical equipment and more." "A GP receives an average of just €10 per month per GMS patient regardless of how often that patient attends the GP," said a statement from the IMO.

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