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Adobe PDF format  VFM Report 19: Prescribing Practices and the Development of General Practitioner Services

The General Medical services (GMS) scheme entitles holders of means-tested medical cards to have access to a comprehensive range of state funded health services. This includes access, free of charge, to general practitioner services and prescribed drugs and medicines. The report presents the findings of an examination of the cost effectiveness of prescribing within the GMS scheme, and the scope for savings. It also looked at the extent to which planned improvements in general practice have been implemented.

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