Visitors to Ireland: get treatment with your EHIC

If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you can get necessary medical treatment in Ireland free of charge. EHIC only covers public healthcare, not private.


If it's an emergency call 999 or 112 for an ambulance to take you to hospital. If you have an EHIC card, there's no charge for hospital treatment.

Get treatment from a doctor (GP)

Contact a doctor who's a member of the Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme (PCRS). Most doctors in Ireland are part of this scheme. If you have an EHIC card, you can get treatment from a PCRS doctor free of charge.

You can get contact details of PCRS doctors in your area from the local health office.

Doctors' surgeries have different hours for appointments - check with the surgery in your area. For out-of-hours appointments at other times, a recorded message will give you a different number to call.

If you need medicine, the doctor will write a prescription. There's a charge of €2 for each item you need. You will only pay up to a maximum of €20 a month, per person.

If the doctor thinks you need to see a specialist consultant, they will refer you.


Tell the doctor you want to be treated as a public patient (not a private patient). Treatment by specialist consultants is free with an EHIC if you're a public patient.

Get treatment from a dentist

If you need to see a dentist, contact the local health office to find one that's part of the PCRS scheme. If you have an EHIC, they will be able to treat you for free. This only covers necessary dental treatment.

Page last reviewed: 24 October 2018
Next review due: 24 October 2021