Does eliminating fees at point of access affect Irish general practice attendance rates in the under 6 years old population? A cross sectional study at six general practices

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/316354
Title:
Does eliminating fees at point of access affect Irish general practice attendance rates in the under 6 years old population? A cross sectional study at six general practices
Authors:
Behan, W; Molony, D; Beame, C; Cullen, W
Citation:
Behan W et al. Does eliminating fees at point of access affect Irish general practice attendance rates in the under 6 years old population? A cross sectional study at six general practices. Ir Med J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/316354
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
With the introduction of free point of access GP care for children aged under 6 imminent, we sought to determine consultation rates among this group. We interrogated data from practice management systems at six general practices (total patient population 27080). A total of 1931 children aged under six were responsible for 5814 surgery consultations. The mean annual consultation rate was 3.01; 4.91 for GMS’ patients, 5.07 for â Doctor Visit’ patients and 2.03 for private patients. Our findings suggest the introduction of free GP care for children under six will considerably increase GP consultations. We also highlight the value of routinely collected general practice data in facilitating health services planning. We estimate that there will be an additional 750,000 GP consultations annually.
Keywords:
GENERAL PRACTICE; CHILD HEALTH; COST

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBehan, Wen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMolony, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorBeame, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Wen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-01T08:42:10Z-
dc.date.available2014-05-01T08:42:10Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationBehan W et al. Does eliminating fees at point of access affect Irish general practice attendance rates in the under 6 years old population? A cross sectional study at six general practices. Ir Med Jen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/316354-
dc.descriptionWith the introduction of free point of access GP care for children aged under 6 imminent, we sought to determine consultation rates among this group. We interrogated data from practice management systems at six general practices (total patient population 27080). A total of 1931 children aged under six were responsible for 5814 surgery consultations. The mean annual consultation rate was 3.01; 4.91 for GMS’ patients, 5.07 for â Doctor Visit’ patients and 2.03 for private patients. Our findings suggest the introduction of free GP care for children under six will considerably increase GP consultations. We also highlight the value of routinely collected general practice data in facilitating health services planning. We estimate that there will be an additional 750,000 GP consultations annually.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectGENERAL PRACTICEen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectCOSTen_GB
dc.titleDoes eliminating fees at point of access affect Irish general practice attendance rates in the under 6 years old population? A cross sectional study at six general practicesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen_GB
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