The HSE has launched an online medical card/GP visit card application service which promises a 15-day turnaround for medical card applications.
Using medicalcard.ie,people can check online if they qualify for a Medical Card/GP visit card by following some simple steps.
The HSE says those who qualify based on their income can prepare their application online, print the check list and submit it directly with the supporting documents.
Fully completed applications will be fast-tracked and cards will be issued within 15 days, it says.
At the launch Paddy Burke, Head of the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS), which designed and manages medicalcard.ie, emphasised said the service is a valuable addition to existing application services.
He said he hoped to get constructive feedback from users and advocacy groups to improve the website over the coming months.
“The service will be of interest to thousands of people who simply wish to verify eligibility and more than 90% of applicants who automatically qualify for a medical card based on their income will be able to use the website to apply for their cards,” Mr Burke said.
Users can call a lo-call phone number - 1890-252-919 - if they need assistance when using the site.
The HSE said people will also still be able to apply for medical cards and discretionary medical cards in their local health offices.
The health executive has recently come in for much criticism over delays in processing medical card applications.