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Long-Term Illness Scheme

Under the Long-Term Illness (LTI) Scheme you can get some drugs, medicines and approved appliances for free from your pharmacy.

There is no means test for the scheme.

Diseases and disabilities covered by the scheme

The diseases and disabilities covered by the scheme are:

  • Acute leukaemia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Epilepsy
  • Haemophilia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intellectual disability (mental handicap)
  • Mental Illness - under the age of 16 years
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Spina bifida
  • Thalidomide conditions

If you have a medical condition that is not listed above, you can apply for a medical card.

How to apply

Send a completed long-term illness scheme application form to your local Community Health Organisation.

To qualify, you must be 'ordinarily resident’ in the Republic of Ireland. This means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year.

Your doctor or consultant will need to sign the form.

They will:

  • confirm your condition
  • list the medication and any appliances you need to treat your condition.

Long-term illness book

If your application is successful you will get an LTI book.

This lists the type and quantity of the drugs or medicines you need for your prescribed illness.

If you need a medical or surgical appliance, for example an insulin pump, you will get it from your local health office.

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    A guide to the long-term illness scheme, a health scheme whereby people with a specified longterm disease/disability can get medicines from their pharmacy free

Page last reviewed: 30/10/2018
Next review due: 30/10/2021