Cahernane Medical reception

Your Entitlements

Under 8s – Free GP Care Scheme

Cahernane Medical Centre is participating in the free GP Scheme for children under 8 years of age. In addition to free GP visits, the GP visit card for children under 8 covers specific assessments at age 2 and 5 and care for children with asthma. If you have not already registered for your child’s GP visit card please register online at

Over 70s – Free GP Care Scheme

From 5th August 2015 everyone aged 70 or over, ordinarily resident in Ireland, will be eligible for free GP care regardless of income. All people aged 70 or over who do not have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card should register online at

Medical Card

If you are applying for a medical card the most efficient way is to apply online, go to
An online application is better as eligible patients are guaranteed to get a card quicker. The online form will also help you submit a correct application.

Carers GP visit card

If you are in receipt of carer’s benefit or carer’s allowance, you can visit your GP for free go to. Visit

Drug Payment Scheme: Fees

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) you or your family will not pay more than €80 each calendar month for: approved prescribed drugs and medicines, rental costs for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, rental costs for oxygen. For anyone who is ordinarily resident in Ireland, with a PPS number and does not already hold a Medical Card. This is NOT a means-tested benefit. If you have a GP Visit Card you should apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card. Visit

Long Term illness Card

If you have one of the medical conditions below, you should apply to join the Long Term Illness scheme to cover the cost of your medication. Refer to

  • Acute Leukaemia
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mental Illness (in a person under 16)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Epilepsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Haemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide