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
- an insured person and you satisfy certain PRSI
- the dependent spouse of an insured person.
- a dependent widow or widower whose spouse at
time of death was qualified for Treatment Benefit.
If you are unsure whether you or your partner are
insured, contact your local Social Welfare Office. A number of benefits are
Dental Benefit gives cover for a number of different
items of dental treatment including:
- free dental examination
- free diagnosis
- free scaling and polishing (including mild gum
You must pay part of the cost of other types of
treatment that are covered under the scheme, such as:
- root canal therapy
- Severe gum treatment.
Your dentist, or the local Social Welfare Office,
can advise you about the amounts you will have to pay towards the cost of these
Under Optical Benefit you can get:
- A free general sight test. Sight tests for VDUs
or driving tests are not covered by this scheme.
- Free spectacles. Certain kinds of glasses are
free. If you choose more expensive frames, the Department will pay a fixed
amount and you must pay the balance.
- Replacement lenses for existing frames.
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.
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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