What exactly does it include?
Medical Cards give you free access to a variety of health services. Its primary benefit is visiting a doctor, including those who work after hours. It also includes the medications that they prescribe (although some prescription charges will be included).
A Medical Card also entitles you to the following services:
• dental examinations;
• examinations of the eyes and ears;
• maternity and baby-sitting services;
• hospital in-patient services, as well as;
• counseling for mild to moderate mental health issues for a short period.
If you have a Medical Card, the medical bills of your spouse or partner and children are usually covered for the same range of services.
In addition, the Card allows you to several community-based services. This usually entails:
• assistance in the household;
• Occupational therapy services;
• physiotherapy, as well as;
• Respite care is a type of care that allows you to take a break
For autistic persons, several of these are very crucial. However, due to varying levels of demand in various community care regions, Medical Cardholders may not be able to receive these services right away. In terms of waiting lists, a Medical Card does not necessarily prioritize you.
Even if you have a chronic ailment like arthritis, asthma, or diabetes, the Card does not cover all medical expenses. The Prescribed Drugs Scheme or the Long-Term Illness Scheme may cover some of the prescription costs for drugs used to treat conditions like these.
Who is eligible to participate?
Anyone can apply for a Medical Card. There are no age restrictions, although different types of Cards are available for the following groups of people:
• youngsters who have been diagnosed with cancer;
• young individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 (including students);
• persons who are 70 years old or older, and
Any youngster can apply for a Medical Card under the age of 18 who has been diagnosed with cancer during the last five years. When a child of a Medical Card holder turns 16 and is still living with their family, the HSE will mail them a Medical Card. They may use this Card until they reach the age of 25, as long as they still live at home with their families since receiving their Card at the age of 16. The HSE recommends that if the young person's parents do not have a Medical Card and have a medical condition, they apply with their parents. Medical Cards are offered to those aged 70 and up who meet a means test based on their income. If you get a Domiciliary Care Allowance for your child, you can apply for a Medical Card for that child. Medical Cards may also be granted out on a case-by-case basis if you have any medical bills or an emergency.
Some people may automatically qualify if they meet the following criteria:
• are enrolled in government-sponsored programs;
• have been placed in foster care;
• live in a direct provision situation;
· comply with EU regulations; A diagnosis of autism does not entitle you to a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card on its own.
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?
To qualify for a Online Medical Card, you must live in Ireland full-time and meet means-tested criteria (in most cases, but not all).
This criterion will consider your income when determining whether or not you are qualified for a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card. It will determine if your salary is such that denying you a Card of any type would put you in financial jeopardy. If you are under the age of 16, your eligibility will be determined by your parents' income.
Your parent's income is also considered if you are between the ages of 16 and 25. You are deemed financially independent if you have obtained employment during that time and your income exceeds that of a single individual living with their family. This implies you'll be subjected to the same means test as an adult who works and lives away from their family.
If you are over the age of 70, your application will be evaluated based on your weekly gross income (this means including the money you earn before paying tax). If you are single, the weekly restriction will be €500; for married, the weekly limit will be €900.
If you ask for a Card on behalf of a kid for whom you are receiving DCA, the child is entitled to a medical card regardless of their financial situation. If you are not eligible for a medical card
The means test will also consider any current social welfare payments you are receiving, whether unemployed or employed. Your application may be invalidated if you do not include all details of any payments you are receiving. You do not need to submit any social welfare benefits in your application if you already receive any. Include your most recent pays lipsF in your application form if you are currently employed.