How long does it take to get a medical card

Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by Wonderwall, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Wonderwall

    Wonderwall Guest

    I have just applied for a medical card. Does anyone know how long it might take to come through? Also am I liable for medical expenses in the meantime? My daughter is going in for surgery in a few days and will be in hospital for about two weeks but I will not be able to afford to pay the hospital charges.
  2. SarahMc

    SarahMc Frequent Poster

    It depends on the HSE involved (about 1 month in my area). In this instance it is worth telephoning them first thing Monday, and advising them of your situation.
  3. NicolaM

    NicolaM Frequent Poster

    You might also have a look at this:
    Inpatient charges in public hospitals
    In cases of excessive hardship, the Health Service Executive may provide the service free of charge. (citizens information)
    You should also ask the H.S.E. re this when you phone explaining your situation.
    I hope all goes well with your daughter's surgery

  4. Wonderwall

    Wonderwall Guest

    I just rang the health board and spoke to a very helpful guy who is going to fast track the application so we should have it tomorrow. I am very relieved. Renews my faith in the HSE.

    Apparently they only process renewals once a month. First time applications are processed daily and should only take a few days if everything is included.

    Thanks for your advice everyone.