"Doctor Only"/GP Visit Medical Card

If you do not qualify for a 'standard' medical card because of the means test you may qualify for the new Doctor only/GP visit only medical card. With this card you will not have to pay to visit your doctor. For further information on the Doctor Only / GP Visit Medical Card or to apply online visit www.medicalcard.ie

Doctor Only/GP Visit Medical Card Income Guidelines:
Single person under 66 living alone€276.00
Single person under 66 living with family€246.00
Married Couple under 66€400.00
Married Couple 66-69 (see note below)€447.00
Allowances
Allowance for first 2 children under 16 financially dependant on applicant€57.00
For 3rd and subesquent children under 16 financially dependant on applicant€61.50
Allowance for first 2 children over 16 years financially dependant on applicant€58.50
For 3rd and subsequent children over 16 years financially dependant on applicant€64.00
For a dependant over 16 years who is in full time third level education and not grant aided€117.00

Additional guideline allowances will be given for:

  • Resonable expenses incurred in respect of rent/mortgage payment (subject to certain limits based on costs and family size)
  • Reasonable expenses incurred in respect of childcare costs (subject to limits to be confirmed by the HSE)
  • Reasonable expenses incurred in travel to work (subject to limits to be confirmed by the HSE)

Please Note: All persons over 70 are entitled to a medical card without a means test, but this does not cover their dependants.

Please Note: If you are unemployed for 12 months or more you may keep your Medical Card for up to 3 years, in certain circumstances, when you get a job.

With the GP visit only card you may have to pay for some prescribed drugs, medicine costs and certain medical appliances, but you should be able to avail of the Drugs Payment Scheme.

Last Updated: 31/01/2011