Applying for and retaining Medical/GP visit cards during Coronavirus

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Medical Cards/GP Visit Cards

Below is an overview of the Medical/GP Visit card application process. This information is not exhaustive and further information on the application process is available from the HSE website.

HSE Medical Card Information

HSE GP Visit Card Information

 

What is the quickest way to get a Medical Card or GP Visit Card?

The quickest way to get a Medical Card or GP visit card is to apply online at www.mymedicalcard.ie

Am I eligible for a Medical Card?

When you apply online for a Medical Card, the HSE will assess your finances based on the information you provide about your income and expenses.

A full financial assessment is carried out later in the application process. You will need to submit documents such as payslips, proof of social welfare payments, childcare costs etc.

Your qualifying financial threshold is the amount you can earn a week and still qualify for a Medical Card. Your income, expenses, age and number of dependents are taken into account by the HSE. More information is available at the HSE website.

What types of income should I include in my application?

You should include details of the following income in your application:

  • social welfare payments
  • wages (take-home pay, after tax, PRSI and USC)
  • pension
  • income from savings and investments
  • maintenance payments
  • rental income from family home (for example a sub-let room)
  • property other than the family home
  • income from royalties or payments under a settlement, covenant or from an estate

Learn more about the Medical Card assessment process at the HSE website.

What types of expenses should I include in my application?

The following types of expense are allowable for a Medical Card application:

  • rent payments
  • mortgage payments
  • childcare costs
  • travel to work costs
  • maintenance payments
  • net cost of private nursing home care
  • mortgage protection premium
  • life assurance for mortgage protection

Learn more about the Medical Card assessment process at the HSE website.

How will the National Medical Card Unit assess my Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment in my Medical Card or GP Visit Card application?

The National Medical Card Unit will regard the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment as employment income in your means test. You should include the payment in the jobseekers allowance income box.

The National Medical Card Unit can check payments awarded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. You do not need to provide any documentation in your application in relation to your Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

How will the National Medical Card Unit assess my Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme during my Medical Card or GP Visit Card application?

Employees supported under the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme will continue to receive a payslip from their employer. This will include details of the amounts they are being paid. This income will be means assessed in your medical card application. Please provide a copy of your last payslip by selecting wages in the income section.

I am in receipt of an illness benefit or maternity leave payment from The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

The application form and online process requests that an applicant must provide evidence from employers to verify if they are also in receipt of a wage payment. Some employers are temporarily closed and unavailable due to the Covid-19 crisis. During the Covid-19 crisis, the National Medical Card Unit will not require evidence from employers when an applicant confirms that their employer is temporarily closed and unavailable due to Covid-19.

The National Medical Card Unit reserves the right to undertake any reasonable verification process if concerns arise in relation to any such confirmation.

My Medical Card or GP Visit Card will reach its expiry date in the near future. What should I do?

If your medical card was due to expire between March and August 2020, it was automatically extended for up to one year. This was to cover you during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSE will re-assess these extended cards and will write to you when they start your assessment.

If your card is due to expire after 31 August 2020, your renewal will be assessed in the usual way. The HSE will contact you to review your eligibility for the Medical or GP Visit Card.

More information on Medical/GP Visit Card renewal is available at the HSE website.

I recently applied and did not qualify for a Medical Card or GP Visit Card. My circumstances have changed since that application. Can I apply again for a Medical Card or GP Visit Card?

Eligibility assessments are carried out at a point in time and all eligibility decisions are made after consideration of your circumstances at that point in time. If your circumstances have changed and you believe you may now be eligible for a Medical Card or GP Visit Card you should submit a new application. The National Medical Card Unit will assess your eligibility on the basis of your changed circumstances. The best way to apply is online at www.mymedicalcard.ie

You or your child are attending school or third level college, the application process is requesting a school or college stamp.

Due to college closures, the provision of a college stamp will not be required for the duration of such closures during the coronavirus crisis.

What can I do if I do not qualify for a Medical Card based on the means test, but I have extra medical expenses due to my cancer diagnosis?

You may not qualify for a Medical Card based on the means test. But if you have medical expenses due to your cancer diagnosis, you may qualify for a discretionary Medical Card.

A discretionary Medical Card gives you the same services as a means-tested medical card. The application process is the same, but you should also include a medical report from your GP or consultant and information about your family’s medical expenses. Medical expenses include:

  • GP Visits
  • Medications or medical appliances
  • Hospital treatment

Further information about discretionary medical cards and the types of evidence to submit, as well as a medical report form for your doctor are available on the HSE website.

Filling in forms
Completed Example Medical Card Application Form
An example medical card application to give viewers guidance on how to fill in the MC1 Medical Card and GP Visit Card Application Form
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