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13th Nov 2023

HSE urges people to apply for the GP visit card online

This is the quickest and easiest way to apply for a GP visit card.

The HSE is advising anyone who is eligible for a GP visit card to apply online.

This comes following an announcement by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly.

When applying, you should have your PPSN number, income, expense details, marital status, date of birth, and any information on dependent children ready.

Supporting documentation may also be requested.

Anyone from the ages of eight to 69 living in the Republic of Ireland, or planning to live here for a minimum of one year, should apply to be income tested for the card.

Income testing will look at a person’s income, personal circumstances, and expenses to see if they are entitled to a GP visit card.

Shaun Flanagan, HSE Assistant National Director of the Primary Care Reimbursement Service, explains why all those who think they may be entitled to the card should fill out the application form online.

“It’s important to remember that you could quality even if the amount of money you earn is high and if your expenses are also high. Your application will be means tested and you will be asked to self-declare your income and allowable outgoings. 

GP visit cards allow its holders to access GP care without charges. However, medicines and other services are still chargeable.

Due to the HSE’s random and targeted control processes, only those who are eligible will be given means-tested GP visit cards.

If you think you may be eligible, visit

To track the status of your GP visit card registration online, you can use your reference number, which will be given to you at the end of the application process.

If you have applied by post and given a mobile number, this reference number will be sent by text or by post if a mobile number was not provided.