Treatment Benefit Scheme

Treatment Benefit Scheme

Under the Treatment Benefit Scheme, you may receive help in paying for medical treatments. If you hold a medical card, these treatments will be free, or inexpensive, anyway. This scheme is for non-medical card holders whose PRSI payments qualify them as socially insured. You may qualify if you are:

If you are unsure whether you or your partner are insured, contact your local Social Welfare Office. A number of benefits are available:

Dental Benefit

Dental Benefit gives cover for a number of different items of dental treatment including:

You must pay part of the cost of other types of treatment that are covered under the scheme, such as:

Your dentist, or the local Social Welfare Office, can advise you about the amounts you will have to pay towards the cost of these treatments.

Optical Benefit

Under Optical Benefit you can get:

Contact lenses

If you choose contact lenses instead of glasses, the Department will pay a fixed amount and you must pay the balance. If, however, you need contact lenses for medical reasons, the Department will pay up to half the cost subject to a maximum limit, provided you have a doctor's recommendation.

Hearing Aids

The Department will pay up to half the cost of a hearing aid (subject to a maximum limit). In addition, the Department will also pay for up to half the cost of any repairs.

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