Drugs Payment Scheme
The Drugs Payment Scheme allows
individuals and families who do not hold medical cards to limit the amount they
have to spend on prescribed drugs. Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, no
individual or family will have to pay more than €85 (limit as of Sept 2006) in
any calendar month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and appliances.
Family expenditure covers a nominated
adult, their partner and children under 18 years. Dependants aged 18–23 years
who are in full-time education may also be included. A dependant with a
physical or mental disability or illness who cannot look after themselves
fully, who lives in the family home and who does not hold a current medical
card, may also be included in the family expenditure under this scheme
regardless of age.
All those who are ordinarily resident in
Ireland are eligible to apply for the Drugs Payment Scheme as long as they do
not hold a current medical card. You can use the drug payment scheme in
conjunction with a Long Term Illness Book.
How to apply
Application forms for the Drugs Payment
Scheme can be obtained from your local pharmacy or your local Health Office.
Families should be registered by a nominated adult family member. The completed
form should then be returned to your Local Health Office.
Once the registration form has been
processed, each person named on the form will receive a plastic swipe card,
which they must present when having prescriptions filled at a pharmacy. It is
intended that pharmacists will be able to access a central database to confirm
if the €85 limit has been reached by a family/individual in any calendar month.
When your Card expires, you must apply
again to your Local Health Office to obtain a new card.