is the Drugs Payment Scheme?
you have a GP Visit Card or do not have a Medical Card you should
apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card. Under the Drugs Payment
Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland only has to pay a maximum
amount monthly for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain
appliances for use by that person or his or her family in that
month. The amount is determined from time to time by the Minister
for Health and Children and is currently €120.00.
scheme is aimed at those who dont have a Medical Card and
normally have to pay the full cost of their medication. It also
applies to those who have a GP Visit Card. Anyone ordinarily resident
in Ireland can apply to join the scheme, regardless of family,
financial circumstances or nationality. Being ordinarily resident
in Ireland means that you have been living here for a minimum
of one year or that you intend to live here for a minimum of one
definition of a family for this Scheme, is an adult, their spouse,
and any children under 18 years. Dependents over 18 years and
under 23 years who are in full time education may also be included.
Everyone ordinarily resident in Ireland without a Medical Card
should have a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.
Much do I Pay?
will not pay more than a specified amount for all your prescribed
approved medication each calendar month. This maximum amount is
subject to review by the Government from time to time. You must
present your card each time you attend the pharmacy before a prescription
can be dispensed. For details of the maximum amount please refer
to the Drugs Payment Scheme and Medical Card rates leaflet. There
are a number of items that legally do not require a prescription
but for inclusion under the scheme they do require a doctors
do I Qualify?
must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and hold a PPSN. There
is no means test for the Drugs Payment Scheme.
do I Apply?
can get a registration form from your pharmacy or Local Health
Office. At present it is not possibe to download an application
form but we will post you a form if you wish to contact
in the details of all your family members. Send it to your Local
Health Office and you will be sent a card for each member of your
family. You must present your card each time you attend the pharmacy
before a prescription can be dispensed. You do not have to register
with a particular Pharmacy for the scheme but for convenience
it is advisable to use the same pharmacy in a particular month
if you wish to avoid paying more than the maximum amount per month.
people need to use two or more pharmacies in one month, they can
claim back the amount paid over the threshold from their Local
you lose or misplace your Drugs Payment Scheme Card, contact your
Local Health Office for more information.
more information on the Drugs Payment Scheme contact you local
HSE office or visit www.hse.ie