Do you receive Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit?
From September 1st 2018 people in receipt of Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit will be entitled to a GP Visit Card. While most people in receipt of these allowances already have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card, it is estimated that an additional 14,000 people will benefit from this measure.
This initiative comes under the Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2018, and is part of the Government's commitment under the National Carers Strategy to recognise and respect carers as key care partners.
Benefits of GP Visit Card
A GP Visit Card covers the cost of visits to a GP. Blood tests to diagnose or monitor a condition are also covered. But the cost of prescribed drugs or the GP out of hours service is not covered under the GP Visit Card.
The GP Visit Card is already available to everyone aged over 70 and all children under the age of 6.
How do I apply?
If you are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit but do not presently have a GP Visit Card you can register for the card from August 28th at www.mymedicalcard.ie. Alternatively, people who do not have access to online services may complete a GP Visit Card for Carers Registration Form available from Community Health Offices, Citizen Information Centres or by calling 1890 252 919.
Those carers who already have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card will retain this eligibility and do not need to take any action.
If you need any assistance or further information, please contact your local DeafHear Resource Centre.
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