Services Provided to Medical Card Holders
The GMS Medical Card entitles current holders to a wide range of medical services from their nominated GP. These services are provided to the Medical Card holder free of charge and include standard consultations for treatment of illnesses and related services necessary for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. Full Medical Card and ‘Doctor Only’ Medical Card holders are entitled to the same services free of charge within the Practice.
Services NOT Covered by Medical Card Entitlements
There are, however, some services which your GP may be able to provide, but which are not covered by Medical Card entitlements. When GPs are asked to provide additional services, which fall outside their Contract with the HSE, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them. Charges are made in line with the Irish Medical Organization’s recommended Fees.
Examples of non-GMS Services for which GPs can charge their Medical Card patient
- Blood Tests / Phlebotomy / Warfarin Monitoring
- Certificates re Attendance for Creche / School / Work
- Certificates / letters in support of Applications for Services under the Social Welfare Acts
- Chronic Disease Management
- Examinations in relation to Fitness to Drive including Eye Test
- Examinations in connection with Fitness to Take Part in Sports
- Insurance Claim Form filling and Reports
- Insurance Examinations and Reports
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the Patients
- Medico-Legal Examinations and Reports
- Minor Surgery
- Passport Application / Identity Forms
- Pre-Employment Medicals
- Preventative Screening
- Referral for Private Care Forms
- Travel Vaccinations and other Prescriptions for Travel
- Utilities Reports / Letters
These examples are not exhaustive – ALL Services not covered by Medical Card entitlements, including Certificates, Examinations, Private Prescriptions or Private Reports are charged for. Medical Card Patients requesting any of these Services are responsible for the relevant Fees.
If you have accumulated receipts for GP Visits, Blood Tests, Specialist Visits, X-rays, Ultrasounds and Prescriptions, there are a number of ways that you can claim some of these costs back.
If you are paying tax, it is possible to claim a portion of these costs against your Personal Taxes at the end of the year. Information on how you can complete a MED 1 Form and claim back a significant percentage of Medical Expenses against Tax, may be found on the Revenue website or by telephoning the Revenue on 1890 333 425.
If you have Private Health Insurance, depending on the Plan you have, it may be possible to claim back a portion of your Medical expenses. If you have Private Health Insurance, please contact your Insurance Company for more information.