Medical Card Benefit

Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by trojan, May 16, 2018.

  1. trojan

    trojan Frequent Poster

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    If you are over 70 entitled to free GP visits and are happy to pay the monthly contribution of 138 euro approx re medicines is there any major benefit in trying to get a medical card if you are over the income thresholds
     
  2. gipimann

    gipimann Frequent Poster

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    Medical card holders don't have to pay the daily in-patient hospital charge, currently 75 euro per day, I think.
     
  3. Protocol

    Protocol Frequent Poster

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    There are four fees associated with h/care in Ireland

    GP fees
    Pharmacy
    ED fee = 100
    In-patient charge = 80

    The med card means you avoid all of these, bar 2.50? per prescription.

    Your GP visit card avoids the first fee.
     
  4. AlbacoreA

    AlbacoreA Frequent Poster

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    Lot of physical, mobility and similar aids are available through the HSE with the medical card. They are not if you don't have it. You have to source them yourself.

    Which apart from the expense, is a really kick in the teeth for a elderly person who is sick.
     
  5. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Frequent Poster

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    The income threshold for medical cards for over 70's are very clear and the cut-off point is strictly applied. So if your income from all sources is over the threshold it would be pointless to apply.
    Just be sure you have done the calculations re income savings etc correctly
     
  6. AlbacoreA

    AlbacoreA Frequent Poster

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