Long-Term Illness Scheme
The Long-Term Illness Scheme allows people
with certain conditions, who are not already medical card holders, to obtain
the medicines and medical and surgical appliances they require for the
treatment of their condition, without charge. No means test is involved.
The conditions included in this scheme are:
- Mental disability
- Mental illness (up to age 16 only)
- Diabetes insipidus
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cerebral palsy
- Cystic fibrosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophy
- Acute leukaemia
- Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide.
It should be noted however that a number of
conditions that people often presume will be included in this scheme, such as
asthma and Crohn's disease, are not, despite the fact that for the majority of
people, these are long-term conditions.
Once a person is deemed eligible for this
scheme, he/she is issued with a long-term illness book. This lists all the
drugs and medicines for the treatment of the particular condition, which will
be provided to them free of charge through their community pharmacist.
If your doctor or occupational therapist
prescribes a medical or surgical appliance, it will be supplied to you from
your Local Health Office.
Anybody who suffers from any of the
conditions listed above and who wishes to avail of the scheme, can obtain an
application form from their GP or Local Health Office. Completed forms should
be sent directly to the Local Health Office.
Individuals who are not medical card
holders are not covered by the Long Term Illness Scheme, can avail of the Drugs
Payment Scheme, which ensures no individual or family has to pay more than €85
for prescribed drugs and appliances in any one calendar month (find out more
details of this scheme).