Are you entitled to a GP visit card?

GP visit card-are you entitled to one?

Are you entitled to a GP visit card? The Department of Health has just increased the income guidelines for these cards, which entitle a person to free GP visits only.

Example 1

Mary is a single parent with one dependent child. She earns €540 nett per week (ie Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions). She has the following outgoings - €100 per week child care expenses, €100 per week housing rent and €40 per week travel expenses to work.

This is how her application for a medical card will be assessed:

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 266.50   540.00
Dependent Child 38.00    
Child Care Expenses 100.00    
Housing Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
544.50
Total Income
544.50

A medical card will be issued to Mary.

 

Example 2 

Patrick and Ann are a married couple with six (6) children. They have assessable earnings (ie Gross less Income Tax and PRSI contributions) of €675 per week. They have the following outgoings - €100 per week towards house mortgage together with €70 per week travel to work costs.

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 266.50   675.00
Dependent Children 240.00    
Housing Mortgage 100.00    
Travel Costs 70.00    
Total Guideline
676.50
Total Income
675.00

A medical card will be issued to the family.

 

Example 3

John is a single person with no dependents and has a weekly assessable income (Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions) of €320. He pays €100 per week in housing rent and €40 per week on travel expenses to work.

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 184.00   320.00
House Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
324.00
Total Income
320.00

A full medical card will be issued to John.

 

Example 4

David is a single parent with one dependent child attending college. He earns €700 nett per week (ie Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions). He has the following outgoings €150 per week housing rent and €40 per week travel expenses to work.

This is how his application for a medical card will be assessed:

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 266.50   700.00
Dependant Child 78.00    
Housing Rent 150.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
534.50
Total Income
700.00

 David is not eligible for a medical card but the Health Service Executive will assess him for a GP Visit Card.

This is how David's application for a GP Visit card will be assessed:

  GP Visit Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 400.00   700.00
Dependant Child 117.00    
Housing Rent 150.00    
Travel Costs 50.00    
Total Guideline
717.00
Total Income
700.00

A GP Visit Card will be issued to David, and his dependant child will also qualify in his/her own right for a GP Visit Card.

 

Example 5

Michael and Angela are a married couple with two dependent children. Their combined income is €1,100 nett per week (ie Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions). They have the following outgoings - €250 per week child care expenses, €300 per week house mortgage payments and €70 per week travel expenses to work.

This is how their application for a medical card will be assessed:

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 266.50   1,100.00
Dependent Children 76.00    
Child Care Expenses 250.00    
House Mortgage 300.00    
Travel Costs 70.00    
Total Guideline
962.50
Total Income
1,100.00

The family is not eligible for a medical card but the Health Service Executive will assess them for a GP Visit Card.

This is how Michael and Angela's application for a GP Visit card will be assessed:

  GP Visit Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 400.00   1,100.00
Dependant Children 114.00    
Child Care Expenses 250.00    
Housing Rent 300.00    
Travel Costs 70.00    
Total Guideline
1,134.00
Total Income
1,100.00

A GP Visit Card will be issued to the family.

 

Example 6

Aileen is a single person with no dependents and has a weekly assessable income (Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions) of €410. She pays €100 per week in housing rent and €40 per week on travel expenses to work.

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 184.00   410.00
Housing Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
324.00
Total Income
410.00

Aileen is not eligible for a medical card but the Health Service Executive will assess her for a GP Visit Card. 

This is how Aileen's application for a GP Visit card will be assessed:

  GP Visit Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 276.00   410.00
Housing Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
416.00
Total Income
410.00

A GP Visit Card will be issued to Aileen.

 

Example 7

James is a single person with no dependents aged 67 who has recently retired. he has a weekly assessable income (Gross Income less Income Tax and PRSI contributions) from his pensions of €430. He pays €40 per week in housing rent.

  Medical Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 184.00   430.00
Housing Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
324.00
Total Income
430.00

James is not eligible for a medical card but the Health Service Executive will assess him for a GP Visit Card. 

This is how James's application for a GP Visit card will be assessed:

  GP Visit Card Guidelines   Weekly Income
  June 2006    
   
Basic 302.00   430.00
Housing Rent 100.00    
Travel Costs 40.00    
Total Guideline
442.00
Total Income
430.00

A GP Visit Card will be issued to James.


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