Medical Card and GP visit card
Drugs payment Scheme
Under the Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) an individual or family will pay no more than €124 each calendar month for:
- approved prescribed drugs and medicines
- rental costs for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
- rental costs for oxygen
If you don’t have a medical card and you pay more than €124 a month for any of these, you should apply.
Anyone who is ‘ordinarily resident’ in the Republic of Ireland can apply. ‘Ordinarily resident’ means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year.
There is no means test for a DPS card.
Long Term Illness Scheme
Under the Long-Term Illness (LTI) Scheme you can get some drugs, medicines and approved appliances for free from your pharmacy.
There is no means test for the scheme.
The diseases and disabilities covered by the scheme are:
- Acute leukaemia
- Cerebral palsy
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes insipidus
- Diabetes mellitus (does not include Gestational Diabetes)
- Intellectual disability (mental handicap)
- Mental Illness - under the age of 16 years
- Muscular dystrophy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Spina bifida
- Thalidomide condition
Domiciliary Care Allowance
Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment for a child with a severe disability.
The payment is not based on the type of disability. It is based on the impact of the disability