For the first time, people can now apply for their Drugs Payment Scheme card online, the HSE has announced.
Under the Drugs Payments Scheme, a person and their family pay a maximum of €134 per calendar month for approved, prescribed drugs and certain appliances. From January 1, 2019, the maximum payable each month will fall to €124.
Previously, applications had to be made via post to local health offices. However, the HSE's National Medical Card Unit has launched a new centralised Drugs Payment Scheme service, which allows people to apply online.
"Making applications for the Drug Payment Scheme available online is another positive development in the centralisation of schemes in the National Medical Card Unit.
"This new, streamlined service will bring great benefits for people in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security. Anything that makes applying for HSE demand led schemes more convenient for people helps us provide a better service to the public," commented Anne Marie Hoey of the HSE.
New Drugs Payment Scheme forms have also been developed in conjunction with the National Adult Literacy Agency. GPs and community pharmacists have been updated about these changes and have been sent new leaflets, application forms and posters about the scheme.
If anyone still wishes to post their applications, forms are available at local community health offices, GP surgeries, community pharmacies and citizens information centres. Anyone wishing to apply online can do so here