Please note that people over the age of 70 are NOT means-tested for the GP visit card.  [There is means-testing for the GP visit card for people under the age of 70.]  Apologies for the error in the Newsletter (under Updates on Policy Motions, Benefits, page 8).

Everyone over the age of 70 living in Ireland can get a GP visit card by registering

online at

Welcome (

or by making a postal application.

To apply by post, download the form in English or Irish or LoCall 1890 252 919 to order one in the post

Post the completed form to
The National Medical Card Unit,
PO Box 11745
Dublin 11
D11 XKF3

If you have any of the conditions listed below, you may be entitled to a Long Term Illness card, which is not mean-tested and is separate to the medical card or GP Visit Card.  Under the Long-Term Illness Scheme you can get some drugs, medicines and approved appliances free from your pharmacy.  Details are available on the HSE website at Long-Term Illness Scheme –


  • Acute leukaemia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Diabetes mellitus (does not include Gestational Diabetes)
  • Epilepsy
  • Haemophilia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intellectual disability (mental handicap)
  • Mental Illness – under the age of 16 years
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Spina bifida
  • Thalidomide conditions