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

 

General Medical Card / GP Visit Card Guidelines 

  Medical Card
Weekly Rate
GP Visit Card
Weekly Rate
Single Person Living Alone    
Aged up to 65 years €184.00 €276.00
Aged 66 years and over €201.50 €302.00
Single Person Living with Family    
Aged up to 65 years €164.00 €246.00
Aged 66 and over €173.50 €260.00
Married Couple / Single Parent Families with Dependent Children    
Aged up to 65 years €266.50 €400.00
Aged 66 and over €298.00 €447.00
Allowances    
Allowance for first 2 children under 16
financially dependant on applicant
€38.00 €57.00
For 3rd and subsequent children under 16
financially dependant on applicant
€41.00 €61.50

Allowance for first 2 children over 16 years
financially dependant on applicant
€39.00 €58.50

For 3rd and subsequent children over 16 yrs
financially dependant on applicant
€42.50 €64.00
For a dependant over 16 years who is in full
time third level education and not grant aided
€78.00 €117.00



Additional guideline allowances will be given for:
Reasonable expenses incurred in respect of rent or mortgage payments
Reasonable expenses incurred in respect of childcare costs
Reasonable expenses incurred in travel to work

 

The assessment of eligibility for Medical Cards and GP Visit Cards will be based on the combined income of the applicant and spouse (if any) after tax PRSI and USC have been deducted.

 

Applicants, whose weekly incomes are derived solely from Social Welfare or Health Service Executive allowances/ payments, which are in excess of the Financial Guidelines (either at first application or on renewal), will be granted
Medical Cards.

What Health Services are available Free of Charge if I have a Medical Card?

You are entitled to the following services if you have a Medical Card:

  • Doctor Visits
  • Certain Dental, Ophthalmic (Eye), and Aural (Ear) health services
  • Hospital Care - all in-patient services in public wards in public hospitals, including public consultant services
  • Hospital Visits - All out-patient services in public hospitals, including public consultant services
  • Maternity Cash Grant on the birth of each child
  • Medical & Midwifery Care for Mothers, including health care related to pregnancy and the care of the child for six weeks after birth
  • Some personal and social care services, for example, public health nursing, social work services and other community care services based on client need

From 1 Dec 2013, a fee of €2.50m is payable to the pharmacy per item dispensed on a medical card prescription, up to a maximum of €25/family unit in any calendar month.

Am I Entitled to a Medical Card?
Anyone over the age of 16 years who is ordinarily resident in the State is entitled to apply for a Medical Card. Ordinarily resident means you are living here for a minimum of one year or you intend to live here for a minimum of one year. You can qualify for a Medical Card under the following three main categories:

  • Means Test: Single People or Families who have an income that is within certain financial guidelines. You can read more about the Medical Card/GP Visit Card Income Guidelines below.
  • Undue Hardship: People whose income is over the financial guidelines, but the HSE decides that the financial burden of medical or other exceptional circumstances would cause undue hardship
  • Automatic: People who are automatically entitled to a Medical Card are:
    Those with European Union entitlement
    Those who are entitled to retain their Medical Card under government schemes

 

How do I Apply?

Apply online at www.medicalcard.ie

What If I Am Not Eligible for a Medical Card?

If you are not entitled to a Medical Card you will automatically be assessed for a GP Visit Card. If you are not entitled to a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card there are other HSE schemes that you can apply for, such as the Drugs Payment Scheme or the Long Term Illness Scheme.