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Medical card for over 70s

If you are 70 or over you may qualify for a medical card based on your income.

If you are 70 or over you qualify for a medical card, if your gross income is:

  • not more than €500 a week if you are single
  • not more than €900 a week for a couple

If you are 70 or over you qualify for a GP visit card, if your gross income is:

  • over €500 but not greater than €700 if you are single
  • over €900 but not greater than €1,400 a week if you are part of a couple

You can't include expenses such as rent, medicines and healthcare costs in your application.

For couples

If one of you is aged 70 or older, you will both qualify for a medical card, if your combined gross income is €900 or less a week.

If one of you is aged 70 or older, you will both qualify for a GP visit card, if your combined gross income is over €900, but not greater than €1,400 a week.

Medical conditions and costs

If you have any long-term medical conditions, you must include a medical report from your doctor or consultant.

If you have high medical costs and you do not qualify for an over 70s card, you can apply for a general medical card or GP visit card.

Postal applications

  1. Download the application form in English or Irish or LoCall 1890 252 919 to order one in the post
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Post the completed form to:
    The National Medical Card Unit
    PO Box 11745
    Dublin 11
    D11 XKF3

Page last reviewed: 21/10/2018
Next review due: 21/10/2021