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Balancing altruism and self-interest: GP and patient implications

professionals and their clients. Context The context for this study is the GP. In Ireland, GPs are a key element of the primary care sector ( Department of Health, 2012 ; Layte and Nolan, 2009 ). Patients either pay the GP’s practice directly for the service (‘private patients’) or the cost is covered by the state because of undue hardship (‘public patients’) and in certain other cases (e.g. Maternity and Infant Care Scheme), with most practices providing services to both private and public patients. For public patients, GPs receive a funding mix of mostly capitation

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