Migrant Ireland
Migrant Ireland

Medical cards
Maternity Services
Private Health Care
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Early childhood education
Primary Schools
Post-Primary Schools
Third level education

Entitlement to health services

Medical Card holders

If you have a medical card, you are entitled to:

  • free GP services
  • prescribed drugs and medicines, subject to a 50c charge per item prescribed from 1 October 2010
  • public hospital services
  • dental, optical and aural services
  • maternity and infant care services
  • a range of community care and personal social services.

Non-Medical Card holders

If you do not have a medical card, you are entitled to free public hospital services but you may have to pay in-patient and out-patient hospital charges. You are also entitled to subsidised prescribed drugs and medicines and maternity and infant care services and you may be entitled to free or subsidised community care and personal social services.

Unless you hold a GP Visit Card, you are not entitled to free GP services.

You may be entitled to some community care and personal social services.

General health services

There are certain general health services that are available to people on the basis of their need or health status rather than on whether they have a medical card or not.

For example,

  • People who qualify for the Long Term Illness Scheme are entitled to get the drugs and medicines for the treatment of that illness free of charge.
  • Child health services are available to all children
  • Health promotion is aimed at the entire population.