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Medical Card (GMS)

Having a Medical Card entitles patients to a range of services for free. This includes:

 

  • Doctor Visits - a range of family doctor or GP services from a chosen doctor contracted to the HSE in your local area;
  • Prescription Medicines: The supply of prescribed approved medicines, aids and appliances like wheelchairs, crutches etc. In some circumstances a deposit may be required for aids and appliances which will be refunded on return of the aid or appliance. A €1 - €1.50 charge applies to all prescription medicines dispensed to medical card patients depending on age;
  • 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;
  • 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.
Access to a medical card is means tested and cards are generally awarded to applicants below a certain income level. There are different guidelines for those aged under 70years and those aged over 70 years. If you are marginally above thelimit for a full medical card you could get a GP Visit card whichjust entitles you to see your GP for free.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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 dependent on applicant

€38.00

€57.00

For 3rd and subsequent children under 16 financially dependent on applicant

€41.00

€61.50

Allowance for first 2 children over 16 years financially dependent on applicant

€39.00

€58.50

For 3rd and subsequent children over 16 yrs financially dependent on applicant

€42.50

€64.00

For a dependent over 16 years who is in full time third level education and not grant aided

€78.00

€117.00

 

You may applyonline at www.medicalcard.ie or by clicking HERE to download the form and posting it to the below address.

 

Client Registration Unit,

P.O. Box 11745,

Dublin 11.