What Health Entitlements Am I Eligible For?

There are many health schemes available in Ireland. If you are eligible, you can receive free access to health services, reduced medication charges or tax relief on medicines.

The Medical Card

The medical card is assessed by the HSE. You can print off the application form here: www.hse.ie or apply online here. Medical cards are means-tested and the income boundaries can change. Please check the HSE website for more details. If you receive Social Welfare payments, you will be entitled to the medical card. The medical card entitles you to free GP (family doctor) visits, prescribed medications, out-patient and in-patient (public ward) services at hospital, mother and baby services and dental, eyes and ears services.

A surcharge of €2.50 per item is added to prescriptions for drugs, medicines or surgical appliances.

The GP Visit Card

GP visit card entitlements are assessed by the HSE and the relevant form can be found at www.hse.ie. This card gives you access to doctor visits. Assessed on earnings, you are given allowances for rent/mortgage payments, childcare costs and costs to travel to work. Eligibility is based on your income after tax and PRSI - including your spouse's income (if applicable). If you're receiving Social Welfare, you should be entitled to the medical card scheme.

Drug Payment Scheme

All Irish residents are entitled to receive the benefits of the drug payment scheme. This scheme ensures families pay no more than €144 on prescribed medications a month. You can collect a form for this scheme in-store.

Drug Refund Scheme

If you spend over €144 on medication in a month, you can claim back the excess. Forms are available at your local community care centre.

Hardship Scheme (For Medical Card Holders)

This scheme covers the cost of items not covered under the medical card. Your local health centre will assess your current financial status and the need for the medication. Medications that can be covered include: cardiac drugs; skin creams; nutritional deficiency products.

Long Term Illness Scheme

Regardless of income or means, if you are suffering from the following conditions, you are entitled to free medication/medical appliances: Acute Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus, Epilepsy, Haemophilia, Hydrocephalus, Mental Handicap, Mental Illness (under 16s only), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophies, Parkinson's Disease, Phenylketonuria and Spina Bifida.

HSE Dental Services

Children under 6, children attending primary school and all medical card holders are entitled to a range of free dentistry services from the HSE. EU residents are entitled to emergency treatments.

If you are a medical card user, you can receive a list of participating dentists from the health office. Register with your preferred dental surgery and take your medical card with you on your first visit.

Tax Relief On Medicines and Medical Services

At the end of the year, we can print you out a copy of all medication bought that year Send this, with a completed MED 1 form (collect this in-store), to your local tax office for processing.

Medical Expenses With Possible Tax Relief

  • Chiropody
  • Podiatry
  • Prescribed Physiotherapy
  • Specialised Dental Treatment
  • Hearing Aids

From more information contact your local tax office or visit www.revenue.ie.