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.

These long term illnesses are:

  • Acute Leukaemia
  • Mental handicap
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mental Illness (in a person under 16)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Epilepsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Haemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide

 

How do I Apply?

Fill in the application form which is available from your Local Health Office. Your doctor or consultant will sign the form to confirm your condition and list your medication.