The proposal of free doctors in the community for over 60’s is a good start. May I suggest that the concession be extended also to the specialists fees for the same age bracket. Currently if one is referred to a specialist at Mater Dei, there is a long waiting time to be called as an outpatient. Sometimes the condition of the patient will require an urgent review by a specialist and in such cases consultations need to be carried out privately. The private consultations with specialists and consultants are currently costing anything in the region of €70 fee plus €6 clinic fee. This measure will help pensioners to seek the help of specialist and consultants as early as possible to deal with the ailment. The same goes for investigations, which require a long waiting list in certain cases to be carried out at private clinics which have the right certified equipment.
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