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General GP visit card

You can apply for a GP visit card if you:

  • are age 8 to 69
  • live in Republic of Ireland or plan to live here for at least a year
  • do not automatically qualify for one
People who automatically qualify

GP visit cards are not income tested if you are:

There is a separate registration process if you are in these groups. You do not need to meet a financial threshold to qualify.

GP visit cards for people age 8 to 69 are income tested.

This means we look at your income, personal circumstances and expenses to see if you qualify for one.

The only way to apply for this GP visit card is online.

You will need to provide your:

  • PPS number
  • date of birth
  • income and expense details
  • marital status
  • details on any dependants you have

Financial thresholds

To get a GP visit card your weekly income must be below a certain financial threshold for your family size.

Your weekly income is based on your income, circumstances and certain expenses.

How we calculate your threshold

Your qualifying financial threshold is calculated by adding the following 3 amounts:

  • A basic rate - an amount of money depending on your circumstances.
  • The amount allocated for each dependant.
  • The amount for allowable expenses.

The 3 amounts are added together to give you a qualifying financial threshold. This figure is the maximum amount you can earn as your net weekly income in order to qualify for a GP visit card.


Qualifying financial threshold

Basic rate amount + amount for dependants + allowable expenses = amount you can earn a week and qualify for a card

The basic rates

The basic rate is a fixed amount. It is determined by your marital status, living situation and if you have any children.


The basic rates will increase from Monday 13 November 2023. This means that if you don't qualify now, you may do in November. We will update this website with the increases when they come into effect.

Basic rates:

  • Single person living alone aged up to 69: €361
  • Single person living with family: €322
  • Married or co-habiting couple with or without dependants: €524
  • Single parent: €524

These basic rates do not apply to the Over 70s GP visit card, carers GP visit card or Under 8 GP visit card schemes

Additional rates for dependants
  • First two children under 16 financially dependant on applicant: €57
  • 3rd and subsequent children under 16 financially dependant on applicant: €61.50
  • First two children over 16 financially dependant on applicant: €58.50
  • 3rd and subsequent children over 16 financially dependant on applicant: €64
  • A dependant over 16 who is in full time 3rd level education, not grant aided: €117
Example of qualifying financial thresholds

Example 1

Family GP visit card

Basic rate allowance


Fixed amount applied to married couple/single parent families aged below 69 with two dependant children under 16


€57 per child (€114)

Weekly rent payment


Travel to work allowance

€14.40 for Mary, €28 for Patrick

Calculated based on petrol usage for Mary and weekly Leap Card fare for Patrick

Childcare Costs


Qualifying financial threshold


If the couple has combined weekly net earnings of more than €961.82 but less than €1257.32 the family will qualify for a GP visit card.

Example 2

Martina is a single parent living in rented accommodation with her 11-year-old child. She pays €800 per month in rent.

Basic rate allowance


Fixed amount applied to single parent



Weekly rent payment


Travel to work allowance


Calculated on distance travelled to work at 18c per kilometre.

Qualifying Financial threshold


If Martina has weekly net earnings of €792.62 or below, she will qualify for a GP visit card.

Income, savings and assets

The types of income you should include in your application are:

  • social welfare payments
  • wages (take-home pay, after tax, PRSI and USC)
  • pension
  • income from savings and investments
  • maintenance payments
  • rental income from family home (for example a sub-let room)
  • property other than the family home

You should also include income from royalties or payments under a settlement, covenant or from an estate.

If your only household income is a social welfare payment, you qualify for a medical card and should apply for that instead.

Allowable expenses

All allowable expenses help to increase the amount that you can earn and still qualify for a card.

The types of allowable expenses you should include in your application are:

  • rent payments
  • mortgage payments
  • childcare costs
  • travel to work costs
  • maintenance payments
  • net cost of private nursing home care
  • mortgage protection premium
  • life assurance for mortgage protection

No documents to include

You do not need to provide any documents with your application. But we may contact you at a later date and ask you for proof of your income and expenses.

Page last reviewed: 10 September 2023
Next review due: 10 September 2026