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The Health Service Executive manages the ‘General Medical Services’ (GMS) scheme which helps to pay for your prescription medicines. There are several ways in which the Government in Ireland provides affordable medicines and makes them available.
The Medical Card Scheme gives free primary care, including free GP care, hospital services and medicines, to about 30% of the population. The costs are taken on by the State and the scheme is means tested. However, there is a Prescription Levy of €1.50 per item on medicines, with a cap of €19.50 per month. Please click here to download a Medical Card Application form.
The Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) allows individuals and families who do not hold medical cards to limit the amount they have to spend on prescribed drugs. Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, no individual or family has to pay more than €144 in any calendar month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and appliances.This doesn’t mean that you are obliged to pay €144 every month! We will keep a running total of the amount you pay for prescriptions and stop charging you once you have hit the €144 mark. It is advisable to remain with the same pharmacy for each calendar month to ensure the total is kept accurately up-to-date.We realise that this is a very big outlay for any family every month. Rather than go without your medicines please talk to us .. we will do our best to accommodate you. Please click here to download a DPS Apllication form. Fill it out and bring it to your nearest Cunningham's Pharmacy and let us do the rest.
GP Visit Card is a means-tested scheme and will enable people to obtain free GP care while continuing to pay for their medication. Please click here for a GP Visit card Application form.
The Over 70s scheme is means tested and anyone who is eligible and over the age of seventy, does not have to pay for healthcare costs.
The Hi-Tech scheme was introduced to facilitate the supply of certain medicines, e.g. those used in conjunction with chemotherapy, which had previously been supplied primarily in the hospital setting.
The Long Term Illness (LTI) scheme has been set up to provide access to medicines for persons who suffer from one or more chronic illnesses.Please click here for a Long Term Illness Application form.
Come in to either store and let our pharmacist advise you on your entitlements under these schemes.
The cost of medicines supplied by a pharmacist, on prescription from a medical practitioner, qualify for tax relief. Click here to read a guide on claiming for health expenses. You can download a Med1 Form here. For further information see www.revenue.ie.