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HEALTH

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Medical Cards

   
 

Medical Card

GP Only

 
 

Under 66

66 and over

Under 66

66 and over

Single living alone

€184.00

€201.50

€276.00

€302.00

Single living with family

€164.00

€173.50

€246.00

€260.00

Married or cohabiting couple

€266.50

€298.00

€400.00

€447.00

(or single parent)

       
         

Additional Allowance for Dependent Children

       
 

Medical Card

GP Only

 

for each of first two children under 16

€38.00

 

€57.00

 

for third and each subsequent child under 16

€41.00

 

€61.50

 

for each of first two children over 16

€39.00

 

€58.50

 

for third and each subsequent child over 16                        

€42.50

 

€64.00

 

for each child over 16 in full time third

€78.00

 

€117.00

 

level education (no grant)

       

The HSE will consider cases outside these guidelines in special circumstances, for example to cover one family member with high medical costs. Medical Card holders do not have to pay exam fees for children. Persons with British or EU pensions, who have no Irish Social Welfare pension, generally qualify for the Medical Card regardless of income. Students will only qualify for a Medical Card in their own right if they have an independent income of at least €164 (this can include a student grant which would not count in the Medical Card means-test).

A spouse is assessed with half of the couple’s joint income and assets. The HSE can assess assets transferred in the past 5 years. The balance of the cost will be met by the State.

If the assets are in property, the contribution can be deferred until settlement of the person’s estate, but the money owing will be increased by the Consumer Price Index each year. In the case of the family home only, the contribution will be capped at 22.5% (i.e. after three years of care). The deferred charge against the home will not be collected during the lifetime of a surviving spouse or a disabled child. This deferral must be separately requested by the patient, or by a care representative approved by the Circuit Court for a patient who is not capable of making the decision themselves.