Drugs Payment Scheme card
Under the Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) an individual or family will pay no more than €124 each calendar month for:
- approved prescribed drugs and medicines
- rental costs for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
- rental costs for oxygen
If you don’t have a medical card and you pay more than €124 a month for any of these, you should apply.
Who can apply
Anyone who is ‘ordinarily resident’ in the Republic of Ireland can apply. ‘Ordinarily resident’ means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year.
There is no means test for a DPS card.
A family is an adult, their spouse or partner and any dependents.
You can include any family member, regardless of age, who can't fully maintain themselves and has:
- a physical disability
- an intellectual disability
- an illness
Applying if you have children in full-time education
If you are applying as a family, you may have dependent children aged 18 to 23 in full-time education. If so, you may want to add them to your card.
To do this:
- Complete section 2 of the Drugs Payment Scheme application form
- Have it signed and stamped by the educational institute
- Include it in your application
How long cards are valid for
Your card will have a ‘Valid to’ date on it.
We will contact you in advance of this date to check if there are any changes to your details. If there are no changes, we will send you a new card.
You can also use our online eligibility status check to see if your card is still valid.
Lost card or change of details
Contact us if your:
- card is lost or stolen
- contact details change