While parents will not be asked to pay the doctor any fee for the under-6s, Junior Health Minister Alex White has indicated that adults are to be asked to pay a nominal sum when free GP care is extended.
Fianna Fail spokesman on health Billy Kelleher called on Dr Reilly to further clarify if he intends to introduce new charges for the Government's 'free' GP care scheme.
He added: "Minister White's comment this morning that the issue of charging the public for 'free' GP care was 'blue sky thinking' at the Labour Party conference is very worrying.
The deadline for paper tax returns is October 31, 2016; the deadline for online returns is...I am approaching retirement and want to make sure that my loved ones are provided for when I pass away.One thing I'm worried about is how quickly my wife - who has no private pension of her own - will be able to access my pension should I pass away before her.Unless you have a medical card or a GP Visit Card, visits to family doctors are not free.The state fee, which is paid regardless of how many times the child visits the surgery in a year, or whether they avail of the service, is expected to be roughly in line with what the GP currently receives for a patient this age under the medical card scheme.
Doctors now get €75 a year for young children and €43 for five-year olds, with an extra 10pc also being paid by the HSE towards a special pension for the doctor.
Under the Government's new plan announced on Budget day, around 240,000 children under six will be entitled to the free GP care.
The more medical card patients a GP has on their books, the more it benefits the pension they are entitled to under the scheme.
This private pension scheme is administered on behalf of GPs by the Irish Medical Organisation, the doctors union.
Health Minister James Reilly has already signalled that the GPs are likely to receive pay rates which are more or less in line with what they are currently getting under the medical card scheme.
He told a recent Oireachtas Committee on Health meeting that there will be consultation rather than negotiation with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on the new contract covering the free care."It will be consultation, because under competition law the IMO is prohibited from negotiating." "I cannot see them refusing these patients.