is a GP Visit Card?
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 dont have
a Medical Card.
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
I entitled to a GP Visit Card?
income guidelines for GP Visit Cards are higher than the Medical
Card, and the allowances for rent, mortgage and childcare bring
many peoples income within the guidelines. For details of
the income guidelines please refer to your local HSE authority
or visit www.hse.ie
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
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.
Can I Apply?
can apply for a GP Visit Card at any time; you dont need
to wait until a medical need arises.
do I Apply?
same application form is used for both the Medical Card and the
GP Visit Card. This means that you dont have to worry about
which type of card might best suit you your eligibility
will be assessed for both cards.
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.