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GP Visit Card
If you do not qualify for a medical card you may be eligible for a GP visit card. A GP visit card allows you to visit a participating family doctor for free.
In order to qualify for a GP visit card, you must meet the eligibility rules below and be ordinarily resident in Ireland. That is, you must have been, or intend to be, living in Ireland for at least one year.
If you are aged under 70, you must also meet specific income guidelines.
If you are aged over 70, the GP visit card is available without an income test.
- Having a GP visit card only allows you to visit your GP for free.
- The GP visit card covers visits to GP out of hours services.
- Blood tests to diagnose or monitor a condition are covered.
- Prescribed drugs are not free but may be covered by the Drugs Payment Scheme.
- The GP visit card does not cover hospital charges.
Rules to qualify for a GP Visit Card
The GP visit card is available to everyone aged over 70 without an income test.
If you are under 70, eligibility for the GP visit card is means tested. That is, your income is assessed by the HSE as part of the application process.
– To see details of the weekly income limit and rules to qualify for the GP Visit Card, visit Citizens Information now.
GP Visit Card application
Aged 70 and over
For the GP visit card for people aged 70 and over, you can register for the card online on gpvisitcard.ie, you can download the registration form for people aged 70 and over (pdf) or you can call 1890 252 919 to request a registration form.
If you are aged under 70, you use the same application process to apply for a GP visit card as for a medical card. As part of the application process for the GP visit card, your entitlement for a medical card will also be assessed.
You can apply online for a medical card or GP visit card on medicalcard.ie. This is the quickest method of obtaining the card.
Otherwise, you can download an application form for a GP visit card and medical card:
Where to apply
Contact Lo-call 1890 252 919 or your Local Health Office for more information on GP visit cards. You can also contact the Client Registration Unit. This is where you return the completed application form to:
Client Registration Unit
P.O Box 11745
For further details, visit Citizens Information today: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/health/medical_cards_and_gp_visit_cards/gp_visit_cards.html
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