Prescription Schemes __
Drugs Payment Scheme
Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland should not pay more than €144 each month for approved prescribed drugs for use by that person or his or her family in that month. You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and hold a PPSN. There is no means test for the Drugs Payment Scheme.
Medical Cards allow people to access Family Doctor or GP services, community health services, dental services, prescription medicine, hospital care and a range of other benefits free of charge or at a lower cost than normal.
GP Visit Card
GP Visit Cards can allow individuals and families in Ireland to visit their family doctor for free. Only the cost of visits to your family doctor is free; you must pay for prescribed drugs, medicines and other health services similar to others who don’t have a Medical Card.
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.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC allows the holder to access health care services when travelling to other EU or EEA countries. Anyone who is living in Ireland or intends to live here for a year can apply for an EHIC.
If you have a medical card, you can get prescription medicines free of charge. For persons under the age of 70 years there is a prescription charge of €1.50 for each item, up to a maximum of €15 per month, for each person or family. For persons aged over 70 years the prescription charge is €1 for each item, up to a maximum of €10 per month, for each person or family.