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 card application process during the coronavirus pandemic. This information is not exhaustive and further information on the application process is available here

At the bottom of this page, you can find a completed example medical card MC1 form to help in your application

Comprehensive information on changes to the process due to coronavirus is available here

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

My Medical Card or GP Visit Card will reach its expiry date in the near future. What will happen to my Medical Card or GP Visit Card during the coronavirus pandemic?

The HSE has decided it will extend eligibility automatically for up to one year for existing cards which fall due to expire during the coronavirus pandemic. You do not need to write to or contact the National Medical Card Unit. They will send you a letter of confirmation with your extended Medical Card or GP Visit Card.

Medical cards or GP Visit Cards extended in these circumstances will be reassessed when the coronavirus pandemic is over. The National Medical Card Unit will write to the holders of these cards when they are about to commence those assessments (once the pandemic is over).

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

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

The Covid-19 Pandemic unemployment payment is a payment in place for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection regards the payment as equivalent to employment income.

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.

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

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

My income is above the qualifying financial threshold but I have additional costs related to medical and other health needs. I would like those costs considered. Do I require a medical report to have those costs assessed on medical or discretionary ground

If you apply for a discretionary card, medical officers will assess your application to see whether they think you should have Medical Card or GP Visit Card. A medical report is required to complete the assessment and to enable the medical officers to have all the information they require to make the necessary recommendation for a discretionary card.

The application form requests that I ask my Doctor to sign to accept me on to their panel. My Doctor is unavailable because of the Covid-19 crisis. What should I do?

If you apply online through www.mymedicalcard.ie , the National Medical Card Unit will contact your Doctor electronically and request their acceptance.

If you wish to apply manually and have had a Medical or GP Visit card within the last six months please note on the form that you are happy to be placed on the same Doctor’s panel as your previous eligibility.

If you wish to be placed on a different Doctor’s panel but cannot contact that doctor please apply online through www.mymedicalcard.ie. The National Medical Card Unit will contact that Doctor electronically and request the Doctor’s acceptance.

If you have not had a Medical Card or GP Visit Card in the last six months please apply online through www.mymedicalcard.ie . The National Medical Card Unit will contact the GP electronically and request GP acceptance.

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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