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Drugs Payment Scheme refunds

You can claim a refund if you or your family paid more than €80 in a calendar month for:

  • approved prescribed drugs and medicines
  • rental costs for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • rental costs for oxygen

You have to register with the Drugs Payment Scheme before making a claim.

How we calculate refunds

We can only give refunds for items bought in a pharmacy that has a GMS contract with the HSE. Most pharmacies have a GMS contract.

We pay refunds at the approved HSE Drugs Payment Scheme reimbursement prices paid to pharmacies or other suppliers by the HSE. But a pharmacy or other supplier can charge you more.

This means you may have paid more than €80 in a calendar month, but you might not be entitled to a refund. For example, if you paid €90 for an item that has a €70 reimbursement price, you cannot get a €10 refund.

How to make a claim

Download and complete the Drugs Payment Scheme refund claims form (PDF, 185KB, 2 pages).

Include all prescription claims forms or a paid copy of a supplier’s invoice.

Post everything to:

DPS Refunds,
PO Box 12966,
Dublin 11

Check the status of a refund

You can check the status of your claim online.

We will send you a reference number when we receive your claim for a refund. You will receive the reference number by letter or by text message.

Use your reference number to check the status of your claim online.

Information:

Phone 0818 224 478 or email clientregistration@hse.ie if you submitted a claim and have not received a reference number.

Page last reviewed: 6 October 2022