GP Visit Cards enable you to visit a general practitioner for free. They are passes issued by the HSE and you may be entitled to one if you are not eligible for a Medical Card.
What does it cover?
GP Visit Cards cover the costs of visiting a doctor at a general practitioner’s office. This will depend on the practice you attend, but most visits will typically cost anywhere between €60-€80. The Card also entitles you to some additional healthcare services, such as public health nursing, social services and community care services.
The Card does not cover the costs of medicines that the doctor may prescribe to you, even if they are for treating a chronic condition. Some of these medicines may be covered by the Prescribed Drugs Scheme or the Long-Term Illness Scheme.
The Card does not cover out-of-hours GP services or hospital visits. Blood tests to diagnose or monitor a condition are covered, however.
Anyone can apply for a GP Visit Card.
There’s no age limit, but there are different types of Cards for children aged 6 years old and under, older people aged 70 years old and over, and for carers.
All children aged 6 years old and under are entitled to a GP Visits Card.
The GP visit card is available to everyone aged over 70 without an income test.
If you get Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance, at full or half-rate, you are eligible for a GP visit card.
An autism diagnosis in itself does not automatically entitle you to a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card.
How are applications assessed?
You must live in Ireland full-time and meet a means-tested criteria in order to qualify for a GP Visit Card.
This criteria will look at your income to decide if you are eligible for either a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card. It will decide if your income is at a level where refusing you a Card of either kind would cause financial difficulties for you. If you are under 16 years of age, your parent’s income will be decided on if you are eligible.
If you don’t qualify for a medical card, you are then assessed for a GP Visit Card.
The criteria will also look at any social welfare payments you are currently receiving, whether you are out of work or in work. You must include all details of any payments that you are receiving, as your application may be disqualified if you do not.
If you are not currently receiving any social welfare payments, you do not need to include them in your application.
If you are currently working, include your most recent payslips in your application form.
Check out the video below for more advice on filling out the form.