Allow you to access medical services, prescription medicines and hospital care for free. If you have one you don’t have to pay to see your doctor, or for medicines they prescribe. A medical card will also cover other costs such as;
- public out-patient and in-patient services
- eye and ear tests
- dental checks
Who can apply?
Anyone who is ‘ordinarily resident’ in the Republic of Ireland can apply for a medical card or GP visit card. This includes families, single people, even those working full or part-time. ‘Ordinarily resident’ means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year.
Being eligible for a medical card depends on your circumstances. If you do not automatically qualify for a medical card, the HSE will carry out an assessment.
You will need to provide information about your:
- marital status
Do you automatically qualify?
You may automatically qualify if you:
- are participating in certain government schemes
- have been affected by the drug Thalidomide
- have had a surgical Symphysiotomy
- are a child diagnosed with cancer within the last 5 years
- are in foster care
- live in direct provision
- qualify under EU Regulations
For any of these, you will not be subject to a financial assessment, but you will still need to apply.
The quickest way to get your card is to apply online. You will need to provide:
- PPS numbers
- dates of birth
- income and expense details
Please click here to Apply online