HSE Schemes and Allowances:

Apply for benefits and schemes that can help with healthcare costs

HSE services and information


Medical cards

Access medical services, prescription medicines and hospital care for free

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Free or reduced cost healthcare when travelling in Europe

GP visit cards

Free GP visits for over 70s, under 6s and carers

Fair Deal Scheme

Apply for financial support to help pay for the cost of nursing home care

Drugs Payment Scheme

Pay no more than €114 each month for prescribed drugs, medicines and some appliances

Cross Border Directive

Access healthcare in another European state and apply to be refunded the cost

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Apply for treatment abroad if you can’t get the care you need here

Long-Term Illness Scheme

Free medicines and appliances for certain long-term illnesses or disabilities

Blind welfare allowance

A means-tested payment for people who are blind or visually impaired

National Lottery grants

Organisations who provide health and personal social services can apply for funding.

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