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Medical Council Revises its Fee Structure

Following a review of its financial model, the Medical Council today (20th May 2013) announced a number of changes to its fee structures.  In recent years the Council’s role has been expanded to include functions such as greater oversight of medical education and training, professional competence requirements for all practising doctors and more rigorous registration requirements, which have in turn led to an increased financial burden to deliver on its mandate effectively. 

Its fee structure has been revised to reflect administrative costs for services and will introduce fees for items such as duplicate registration certificates, and apply a 4% increase to existing fees, including the annual fee for doctors’ registration.  In a survey of doctors following last year’s annual retention process, approximately 80% felt that those who completed the process online should pay a lower fee.  In response, and to ensure that those applying online do not have to cross-subsidise those whose applications demand more administrative time, an administration fee will be applied to doctors who choose to submit paper based forms.

Speaking today, the CEO of the Medical Council, Ms Caroline Spillane said:

“Council opted last year to leave fees unchanged for a fourth successive year and continued to focus on delivering internal efficiencies in order to drive down costs.  While this resulted in reductions in operating costs in 2012 in excess of €400,000, the increased remit of the Council in recent years has meant that a small increase is necessary for 2013 in order for us to carry out our remit effectively.” 

Fees for Doctors’ Annual Registration

Aged under 65 €510
Age 65-69 €187
Age 70+ €64

 

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