Tipperary GPs claim 13m euro in medical card payments

TIPPRARY GPs claimed a whopping 13m euro in medical card payments from the General Medical Services Payments Board, the Tipperary Star can reveal.

Figures obtained by this paper reveal that a total of 30 doctors in North Tipperary claimed a total of 5,500,760 euro for the year ended 2004 while 42 doctors in South Tipperary claimed a total of 7,534,851 euro, a total of 13,035,611 euro or the county.

Taxpayers will foot the bill for the payments with an average of 181,050 euro being paid out to each of the 72 doctors.

One Thurles based GP, Dr. Margaret Lonergan claimed the sixth highest figure in the whole of the Mid-West Health Executive region, receiving a total of 325,579 euro while Cashel based doctor, Brigid Browne claimed just 16 euro from the Board.

The GMS report also reveals that three practices in North Tipperary claimed in excess of 300,000 euro with Dr. Margaret Lonergan, Thurles, Dr. Colm O'Reilly, Ballinaclough, Nenagh, and Dr. Thomas Quillinan, Templetouhy, all claiming in excess of that figure.

In South Tipperary Dr. John Wallace, Tipperary Town, claimed the highest amount with a claim of 342,257 euro, the seventh highest claim in the South Eastern Health Executive region.

Also in the top three in South Tipperary was Dr. Joseph Browne, Tipperary Town, who claimed 282,571 euro while in third place was Dr. Mike Quirke, 46 Gladstone St., Clonmel, who claimed 279,738 euro.

The full list of payments to GPs in North Tipperary is revealed by the Tipperary Star below (euro in brackets)—

Dr. Brian Corrigan, Wesley Place, Nenagh (142,781); Dr. Tom Hayes, Melrose, Nenagh (229,153); Dr. Jarlath Healy, Toomevara (30,919); Dr. Brenda Murnane, 10 Kickham St., Nenagh (159,467); Dr. Patrick Nugent, Gortlandroe, Nenagh (132,277); Dr. Paul O'Farrell, O'Rahilly St, Nenagh (233,089); Dr. Patrick J. O‚Flaherty, Borrisokane (129,659); Dr. Brenda O'Halloran, Ormond Keep, Nenagh (191,530); Dr. Colm O'Reilly, Ballinaclough, Nenagh (315,967); Dr. Maureen Ryan, Ballina (20,333); Dr. Patrick Moroney, Newport ( 250,034); Dr. Roisin Costello, Cloughjordan (169,752).

Dr. Paul Booth, Roscrea (150,968); Dr. Michael Daly, Kickham St., Thurles (197,637); Dr. Pauline De Feu, Roscrea (166,916); Dr. John Healy, The Mall, Thurles ( 201,103); Dr. Joe Hennessy, Templemore (208,036); Dr. Declan Lawless, Clongour, Thurles (86,432); Dr. Margaret Lonergan, Kickham St., Thurles (325,579); Dr. George McManus, Rosemary Square, Roscrea (276,703); Dr. James Molony, Friar St., Thurles (221,522); Dr. Charles A Murphy, Roscrea (173,953); Dr. Paul Ryan, Kickham St. Thurles (165,360); Dr. Thomas Quillinan, Templetouhy (307,351); Dr. Liam Collins , Fianna Road, Thurles (234,298); Dr. Aislinn Donovan , Roscrea (141,130); Dr. Rory Glynn, Borrisokane (132,450); Dr. Jerome Ryan, Roscrea (129,659); Dr. Kevin Delargy, Borrisoleigh (70, 491); D. Paul O‚Carroll, Templetouhy (56,970); D. Jarlath Healy, Toomevara (30,919).

The full list of payments to GPs in South Tipperary is as follows: Dr. John Wallace, St. Michael St., Tipperary Town (342,257); Dr. Joseph Browne, St. Michael St., Tipperary Town (282,571); Dr. Mike Quirke, Gladstone St., Clonmel (279,738); Dr. Kieran O‚Dwyer, Dundrum (265, 422); Dr. John Farrell, Market Yard, Cahir (262,962); Dr. James McMahon, Davis St., Tipperary Town (256,608); Dr. Timothy O'Donovan, Whitechurch, Carrick-on-Suir (244,354); Dr. John Timothy Curtin, Ballingarry, Thurles (241,124); Dr Kevin Kelly, Western Road, Clonmel (234,922); Dr. Carmel Condon, Fethard (231,638); Dr. Gerry Sullivan, Mary St., Clonmel (225,753); Dr. Martin Rouse, Western Road, Clonmel (215,681); Dr. Richard Colman Walsh, Mountain Road, Clonmel (214,553); Dr. Laurence Keenan, Cahir Road, Cashel (208,914); Dr. John Downey, Pearse St., Carrick-on-Suir (206,179); Dr. Joseph Francis Coyne, Market Yard, Cahir (201,522); Dr. William G O'Donovan, Ballymacarbry, Clonmel (199,824); Dr. Edmund Fitzpatrick, Gortnahoe (198,401); Dr. Conor Carroll St. Michael St., Tipperary Town (192,074); Dr. Bernard Durack, Clogheen (189,618); Dr. Patrick Davern, St. Michael St., Tipperary Town (187,954); Dr. John Gillman, Mullinahone (185,249); Dr. Philip Dunne, Cappawhite (173,871); Dr. JA Roche-Nagle, Ballyhest House, Carrick-On-Suir, (171,566); Dr. William Joseph Ryan, Deerpark Road, Cashel (167,828); Dr. Liam Meagher, Killenaule (165,288); Dr. Bernadine Rochfort, 12 Mary St, Clonmel (163,839); Dr. Gerard Barrett, 23 Old Road, Cashel (155,610); Dr John McCarthy, Convent Road, Cahir (147,486); Dr. Denis Underhill, Bansha (145,768); Dr. John L. Carey, Airhill Prior Park, Clonmel (145,426); Dr. J J McCarthy, John St., Cashel (145,214); Dr. KA Roche-Nagle, Ballhesty House, Carrick-On-Suir (125,37); Dr. Dominick T Spillane, Clogheen (123,678); Dr. Marie Rouse, Wesern Road, Clonmel (113.186); Dr. Caroline O'Connor, St. Michael St., Tipperary Town 109,197; Dr. Rosaleen Ann Carey, Airhill Priorpark Rd, Clonmel (105,668); Dr. Patrick Lynch, Upper Irishtown, Clonmel (103,029); Dr. Judith Cheasty, 12 Mary St., Clonmel (75,356); Dr. Molly Owens, Fethard (67,426); Dr. Lucia Gannon, Killenaule (62,744); Dr. Brigid Browne Deerpark House, Cashel (16).

It must be noted however, that the payments are per practice and as there may be a number of GP‚s working there, the figures do not relate to a doctor‚s individual income. Practice expenses have also been taken out of the GMS payments.

The annual report also shows that the total paid to doctors, pharmacists, dentist and opticians/ophthalmologists under the scheme was 1,653m euro, an increase of 221.05m euro on the 2003 figure.

The full extent of doctors' earnings nationwide showed that on average the country's 2,200 GPs operating the scheme shared almost 317.5m euro in allowance with 325 GPs receiving over 240,000 euro in payments.


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