Students can expect decrease in GP fee

The cost of a doctor visit on campus could see a reduction to €15 according to the Vice President for Welfare and Equality Domhnaill Harkin.

The current price of visiting the GP in DCU is €20 and decreasing the cost per consultation is one of the main objectives Domhnaill hoped to achieve this year.

“We are currently having talks with the university to see if it is possible to reduce the cost of the GP and maintain the level of service currently being provided”, Harkin said.

The DCU GP consultation fee has been €20 since 2013. Previously in 2012, a single visit to the doctor was just €10. “We are confident that a reduction to €15 per visit will take place”, Harkin added.

Harkin’s manifesto during his campaign for the VP of Welfare and Equality position last year set out three main proposals; emphasis on mental health, sexual health and the reduction of the GP fee.

The objective of his proposals for doctor’s fees was to work to restore the original price of €10 per consultation, as he believes €20 is unacceptable when compared with other universities and colleges across Ireland.

Maynooth University, Trinity College and Galway University all offer their students free doctor’s consultations, while the price per visit to the GP in UCD is €25.

Aisling McCabe

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