Primary Care

Functions & Responsibilities:

Primary Care develops policy and legislation to support the provision of high quality health care services in the community. These services include the development of Primary Care Teams; the pricing and supply of drugs and medicines under the GMS (Medical Card) Scheme and the community drugs schemes; and the Dental and Optical Schemes.

Key Objectives & Strategies:

  • Promote, facilitate and monitor the implementation of the Primary Care Strategy.
  • Develop policy and monitor service delivery of general practice, dental, optical, community audiology and chiropody services
  • Contract issues relating to GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists and Opticians
  • Develop and review pricing and reimbursement policy for medicines under the GMS and community drugs schemes.

Legislation
Agencies / Service Providers / Working Groups
Press Material
Publications
Other Useful Links
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Legislation

Agencies / Service Providers / Working Groups

Press Material

Publications

Primary Care Strategy: Primary Care - A New Direction

Other Useful Links

The Primary Care Newsletter issued by the HSE provides monthly updates on various primary care developments that are taking place around the country.
http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/Publications/services/Primary/news.html.

The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) of the HSE makes payments to pharmacists, GPs, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists for the free or reduced cost services they supply to the public. It publishes an annual financial and statistical analysis of payments and a list of items reimbursable under the medical card and community drug schemes.

The Corporate Pharmaceutical Unit of the HSE promotes best practice across the organisation in relation to the use of drugs and medical devices. Pharmaceutical pricing agreements between the HSE and the Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Ireland and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association are available to download on the unit's webpage.

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Record Classes:

Administrative records in relation to the areas of work described below.

Significiant Systems:

N/A

Personal Information Holdings:

Some such information may be held on file where individuals have corresponded with the Minister or the Department about their own cases

Purpose:

As Above

Disclosees:

N/A

Notes: including information on admin access practice, ebriefs etc:

N/A

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N/A

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Staff

Principal Officer Teresa Cody
Assistant Principal Officers Pat Creedon
Bernadette McDonnell
Tommy Wilson

Contact

  • Telephone: 01 - 635 4000