Health Entitlements

Medical Card & GP Visit Card

Medical Card Visit

Financial Guidelines for Medical Card/GP

Visit Card Income Limits from January 2014

Medical Card and GP Visit Card Income limits for Applicants aged 70 years or older

  Medical Card Gross
Weekly Rate
GP Visit Card Gross
Weekly Rate
Single Person Aged 70 and
Over
Below €500 Over €500 not exceeding
€700
Married/Co-habiting
Couple Aged 70 and Over
Below €900 Over €900 not exceeding
€1,400

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Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS)

What is the Drugs Payment Scheme?

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland only has to pay €120 each month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by that person or his or her family in that month. The amount is determined from time to time by the Minister for Health and Children. If you have a GP Visit Card or do not have a Medical Card you should apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.
This scheme is aimed at those who don't have a Medical Card and normally have to pay the full cost of their medication. It also applies to those who have a GP Visit Card.

The definition of a family for this Scheme, is an adult, their spouse, and any children under 18 years. Dependents over 18 years and under 23 years who are in full time education may also be included.

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Long-Term Illness (LTI) Scheme

What is the Long Term Illness Scheme?

If you have certain long-term illnesses or disabilities, you may apply to join the Long Term Illness Scheme and you will be supplied with a Long Term Illness book. This book allows you to get drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of your illness, free of charge (unlike with a medical card, items dispensed on the LTI scheme do not attract a prescription fee). It does not depend on your income or other circumstances and is separate from the Medical Card Scheme and the GP Visit Card Scheme.

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