Wednesday, 31st August 2011
Question: My husband has just lost his job, so I think that we will qualify for a medical card now. What is the best way to apply?
Answer: The quickest way is to apply online at http://www.medicalcard.ie. If you are eligible you will be able to print out an application pack, which you then sign and return to the HSE at the address below.
If your income is too high, you will be able to see this immediately and the HSE will provide you with an assessment of your application within fifteen days.
You can also download a medical card application form from the HSE website or get a form from your Local Health Office.
Completed forms should be sent to:
Client Registration Unit,
P.O. Box 11745,
If you have any questions before you send your application Lo-call 1890 252 919 or contact your Local Health Office.
If you are over the income guidelines you may still be eligible on a discretionary basis and you should contact your Local Health Office.
If you do not qualify for a medical card, you will be automatically assessed for a GP Visit Card. This covers the cost of visits to your GP, but not any prescriptions that you may need.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
This column has been compiled by Waterford Citizens Information Centre Ltd., 37 Lower Yellow Road, Tel:051-351133 which provides a free and confidential service to the
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