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GP Visit Card

What is a GP Visit Card?

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. You can read more about the Drugs Payment Scheme by clicking here.

Am I entitled to a GP Visit Card?

The income guidelines for GP Visit Cards are higher than the Medical Card, and the allowances for rent, mortgage and childcare bring many people’s income within the guidelines. For details of the income guidelines please refer to your local HSE authority or visit www.hse.ie

You will get a GP Visit Card if the combined means of you and your spouse/partner is below our income guidelines. Your means includes any income, property (but not your own home), investments and savings. Your eligibility for a Medical Card is assessed first. If unsuccessful you are automatically assessed for a GP Visit Card.

Your entitlement to a GP Visit Card is reviewed periodically. This is because your circumstances may change. Remember to return your review form to your Local Health Office. Failure to return your review form will mean your GP Visit Card may not be re-issued.

When Can I Apply?

You can apply for a GP Visit Card at any time; you don’t need to wait until a medical need arises.

How do I Apply?

The same application form is used for both the Medical Card and the GP Visit Card. This means that you don’t have to worry about which type of card might best suit you – your eligibility will be assessed for both cards.

Forms are available from your local Health Centre or your Local Health Office, or you can download a form by clicking here. Fill in each section that applies to you – see the section on applying for a Medical Card described earlier. If you lose or misplace your GP Visit Card, contact your Local Health Office for more information.

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