Medical Card & GP Visit Card Guidelines

In 2005, changes were made to the process by which medical card and GP Visit Card eligibility is assessed, and income guidelines for the cards were revised. Further changes were made to GP Visit Card income guidelines in June 2006, extending the income limits from 25% to 50% above those for the full medical card and making more people eligible for the card.

The following guidelines are correct as of June 2006.

Everyone aged 70 years or older is automatically entitled to a full medical card, irrespective of their income. For most other people, eligibility for a full medical card or a GP Visit card is means-tested, based on disposable income (gross income less tax and PRSI). Certain outgoings including rent/mortgage, childcare costs and travel costs to work are also taken into account under the new assessment process.

The weekly income limits for medical cards and GP Visit Cards are:

Medical Card

  • Single Person living alone (up to 65 years) €184.00
  • Single person living alone (66-69 years) €201.50
  • Single Person living with family (up to 65 years) €164.00
  • Single Person living with family (66-69 years) €173.50
  • Married Couple / Single Parent Families with dependent children (up to 65 years) €266.50
  • Married Couple / Single Parent Families with dependent children (66-69 years) a €298.00
  • Married Couple (70-79 years where one person is 70 years or over and the other has not yet reached 70) €596.00
  • Married Couple (80 years and over where one person is 80 years or over and the other has not yet reached 70) €627.00

Additional Allowances for Dependent Children:

  • For first 2 children under 16 years €38.00
  • For 3rd and subsequent children under 16 years €41.00
  • For first 2 children over 16 years €39.00
  • For 3rd and subsequent children over 16 years €42.50
  • For a dependant over 16 years who is in full time third level education and not grant aided €78.00

Additional allowances are made for reasonable rent/mortgage, childcare and travel costs.

GP Visit Card

  • Single Person living alone (up to 65 years) €276.00
  • Single person living alone (66-69 years) €302.00
  • Single Person living with family (up to 65 years) €246.00
  • Single Person living with family (66-69 years) €260.50
  • Married Couple / Single Parent Families with dependent children (up to 65 years) €400.00
  • Married Couple / Single Parent Families with dependent children (66-69 years) a €447.00
  • Married Couple (70-79 years where one person is 70 years or over and the other has not yet reached 70) €895.00
  • Married Couple (80 years and over where one person is 80 years or over and the other has not yet reached 70) €940.50

Additional Allowances for Dependent Children:

  • For first 2 children under 16 years €57.00
  • For 3rd and subsequent children under 16 years €61.50
  • For first 2 children over 16 years €58.50
  • For 3rd and subsequent children over 16 years €64.00
  • For a dependant over 16 years who is in full time third level education and not grant aided €117.00

Additional allowances are made for reasonable rent/mortgage, childcare and travel costs.

Certain other individuals may also qualify for a Medical/GP Visit card, including those persons whose assessable income is in excess of the guidelines, but where financial hardship would arise because of medical costs or other exceptional circumstances.

For more information, contact your local Health Service Executive (HSE) office or visit www.medicalcard.ie.

 

Reviewed: September 20, 2006