Drugs Payment Scheme

Table of contents Drugs Payment Scheme Rules to qualify How to apply – *All information from CitizensInformation.ie Drugs Payment Scheme Under the Drugs Payment Scheme you pay a maximum of €144 in a calendar month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by yourself and your family in that month. If a […]

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Drugs Payment Scheme

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme you pay a maximum of €144 in a calendar month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by yourself and your family in that month.

If a reference price has been set for the drugs you are prescribed, this is the price that the HSE will use to calculate your monthly drugs costs.

Rules to qualify

In order to qualify for this scheme, you must be ordinarily resident in Ireland. 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 year.

The scheme covers the person who applied, his or her spouse/partner, and children aged under 18 (or under 23 if in full-time education). A dependant who is living in the household and has a physical or mental disability or illness and is unable to fully maintain himself/herself, may be included in the family expenditure regardless of age.

When you register for the scheme, your Local Health Office will issue a plastic swipe card for each person named on the registration form. You should present this card whenever you are having prescriptions filled.

To read more details about using the drugs payment scheme card, visit Citizens Information now.

How to apply

The application form is available from pharmacies or from your Local Health Office. You can also download the Drug Payment Scheme application form (pdf). If you have any difficulties in completing the form, staff in your local pharmacy or Local Health Office can provide advice and assistance.

Send the completed application to your Local Health Office.

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