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Saturday 23 September 2017

GPs have right to advertise their fees

GPs can advertise their prices for consultations, according to the Medical Council.

The chief executive of the council contacted the Herald following our recent investigation into the amounts charged by Dublin doctors.

Caroline Spillane said: "The Medical Council's Guide -- which all doctors must adhere to -- does not preclude GPs from advertising their practices, nor does it preclude doctors from advertising their fees."

She stated that the guide -- at www.medicalcouncil.ie -- ensured doctors provide information that is "factually accurate, evidence-based and not misleading."

Ms Spillane added: "The guide says that the fees doctors charge should be appropriate. Patients should be informed of the likely costs before the consultation and treatment."

Our survey of 14 practices across the capital showed that prices for a GP consultation in Dublin ranged from €50 to €65.

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