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The FEMPI mark-ups are eliminated after review

19 Nov 2013

By Gary Culliton

The required review of the operation, effectiveness and impact of the amounts and rates fixed under Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) regulations “will involve a full consultation with stakeholders in 2014”.

There is an overall reduction of 7.5 per cent in fees and allowances payable to GPs under the GMS Scheme, Immunisation Schemes, HeartWatch Mat-ernity and Infant Care Scheme. The 20 per cent retail mark-up to community pharmacists in respect of items dispensed under the Drug Payment Scheme, the Long Term Illness Scheme, the European Economic Area Scheme and the Health (Amendment) Act 1996 Scheme are eliminated.

There is a 3 per cent reduction in fees paid to consultant ophthalmologists; and a 3 per cent reduction in fees paid to consultant psychiatrists who hold contracts with the Mental Health Commission.

A review was carried out earlier this year under the FEMPI Act 2009 in relation to the operation, effectiveness and impact of the amounts and rates payable to certain health professionals under the relevant regulations, the Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Alex White said in response to Dáil questioning by Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher.

gary.culliton@imt.ie

Date: 
19 November 2013

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