Find out your entitlements across all Government health schemes.

Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS)

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland should not pay more than €114 per calender month for prescription medication. (A small number of medications are exempt from this scheme)

All Irish residents who hold a PPS number are entitled to get medication under the DPS scheme, regardless of income.

Download DPS application form.


Medical Card

People with medical cards can access GP services, community health services, dental services, prescription medicines, hospital care and a range of other benefits free of charge or at a lower cost than normal.

Most people who get a Medical Card do so because their income is below a certain level.

From 2020, prescription charges for Medical Card holders are now €1.50 per item – capped at a maximum of €15.00 per month per family.

For patients aged over 70 years old, the prescription levy is now €1.00 per item – capped at a maximum of €10.00 per month.

Download Medical Card application form.


GP Visit cards

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.

If you are granted a GP Visit Card you should also apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card if you don’t already have one.

Download GP Visit Card application form.


Long Term Illness Scheme (LTI)

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. It does not depend on your income or other circumstances and is separate from the Medical Card Scheme and the GP Visit Card Scheme.

LTI scheme covers the following illnesses:

  • 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

More information on the LTI Scheme here.


European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC allows the holder to access health care services when traveling 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.

Download EHIC Application form.

Further information for all of these entitlements is available on the HSE website.