KILKENNY doctors are being paid hundreds of thousands of euro by the state to treat patients who cannot afford their own costs.
The figures were revealed as part of a detailed analysis of the existing General Medical Services (GMS) contract system provided by the Irish Patients Association.
The top earners from the medical card scheme in Kilkenny were Dr James Ryan (432, 522 euro); Dr Thomas Lynch (359,020); Dr John J Flanagan (318,777), Dr Richard Frayne (268,473) and Dr Colm Costelloe (267,319).
Other doctors who earned from the schemes were: Dr Val Lonergan (274,086), Cr John Kieran Cuddihy (240,029), Dr Anthony McGuane (254,466), Dr Jeremiah G Beckett (239,360), Dr Malachy G Coleman (227,495), Dr Brendan P Lee (227,495), Dr Pat J Crowley (204,042), Dr Finian Gallagher (208,371), Dr William Cuddihy (202,566), Dr John Kennedy (222, 147), Dr Richard Brennan (225,535), Dr Thomas P Magnier (215,104), Dr Ronan Fawsitt (167,450), Dr Mary J Gorman (181,797), Dr Michael AR Helly (178,905), Dr Gobnait Kearney (159,750), Dr Eanna Seathrun O’Casaide (150,175), Dr Tadhg Crowley (142,981), Dr Joseph Sweeney (128,707), Dr Laura Moloney (145,187), Dr Ciaran Aylmer (132,627), Dr Eilis MAher (142,775), Dr Pat Maher (144,021), Dr James W Drynan (100,501), Dr Mairead Brennan (96,454), Dr Eluned Lawlor (95,823), Dr Carmel Flynn (80,797), Dr Miriam Hogan (95,654), Dr Gerard Lynch (86,320), Dr Claire Cusack (88,866), Dr Breda O’Leary (67,899), Dr Margaret Hally (53,849), Dr KSV Prasad (62,018), Dr Michael K Canning (21,223), Dr Julie McMahon (15,973) and Dr Marina Hennessy (7,277).
The independent report, led by IPA chairman Stephen McMahon and contributed to by leading economist Prof Ray Kinsella, said the figures raise the question “is the model of reimbursement competitive and are the packages of care appropriate for the patient catchment areas of these individual practices.”
The figures relate to seeing medical and GP scheme card patients and in practice supports for 2009 - the latest full-year data available.