About the 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 (does not include Gestational Diabetes)
  • 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 you qualify

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. 

Students from outside the EU do not qualify for the LTI Scheme

Check the status of your application

You can use your application number to check the status of your application online.

When you apply and give a mobile number, we send a reference number by text. If you don't give a mobile number, we send a reference number by post

Long-Term Illness Scheme card

If your application is successful, you will get a Long-Term Illness Scheme card. This card replaces the Long-Term Illness Scheme green book.

You can also use our online eligibility status check to see if your card is still valid.

Lost card or change of details

LoCall us on 0818 22 44 78 if your:

  • card is lost or stolen
  • contact details change

Page last reviewed: 30 October 2018
Next review due: 30 October 2021