Thursday 23 February 2017

Drugs Payment Scheme: what it is

A FAMILY only has to pay a maximum of €120 a month for prescription medicines.

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme the Government refunds the rest of the cost above that amount.

Many pharmacists actually process the payment themselves, only charging the €120 and claiming the rest back from the local health office.

The scheme is used by those who do not have a full medical card.

Medical-card holders are entitled to prescription medicines free of charge, so they do not need to apply for this scheme.

The Drugs Payment Scheme effectively covers a family: the person who registers, his or her spouse or partner and children under 18 years, or under 23 if in full-time education.

When you register for the scheme, your local health office issues a plastic swipe card for each person named on the registration form.

The card is then presented whenever you are having prescriptions filled.

The family doesn't have to register with a particular pharmacy for the scheme, but it is more convenient to do so to avoid paying more than the maximum €120.

The scheme covers a total of 6,267 prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances.

Irish Independent

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