Term Illness Scheme
is the Long Term Illness Scheme?
you have certain long-term illnesses or disabilities, you may
apply to join the Long Term Illness Scheme and you will be supplied
with a Long Term Illness book. This book allows you to get drugs,
medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related
to the treatment of your illness, free of charge. It does not
depend on your income or other circumstances and is separate
from the Medical Card Scheme and the GP Visit Card Scheme.
you already have been given a Medical Card, you do not need
to apply for a Long Term Illness book. If you become ineligible
for a Medical Card at any stage, but have one of the medical
conditions below, you should apply to join the Long Term Illness
scheme to cover the cost of your medication.
do I Qualify?
must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and hold a PPSN. You
qualify if you have one of the illnesses or disabilities listed
Illness (in a person under 16)
arising from the use of Thalidomide
is no income requirement or means test. If you have a medical
condition that is not listed above, you should consider applying
for a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card.
do I Apply?
in the application form which is available from your Local Health
Office. Your doctor or consultant will sign the form to confirm
your condition and list your medication.
do I Use the Book?
Long-Term Illness book will be issued to you if you are approved
for the scheme. This book contains the type and quantity of the
drugs or medicines you need for your prescribed illness. Your
doctor will sign it and you can then bring this to the pharmacy
when you need any of the items. If your doctor or occupational
therapist prescribes a medical or surgical appliance, it will
be supplied to you from your Local Health Office.There is no separate
application form for medical/surgical appliances your doctor
lists the type of appliance in your book and signs it.