Know Your Rights: Drugs Payment Scheme

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public… 

What is the Drugs Payment Scheme?

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, you only have to pay a maximum of €80 each month for approved prescribed drugs and medicines, and certain appliances.

Can I apply for this scheme? 

You can apply for the scheme if you are living in Ireland and intend to live here for at least one year. If you have a medical card, you are not eligible for the Drugs Payment Scheme because most of your prescription costs are covered under the medical card scheme.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.  To apply online, visit

To apply by post, get an application form from your Local Health Office or download a copy of the Drug Payment Scheme application form (pdf) online.

You can also phone 0818 22 44 78 (LoCall) to have a form sent to you by post.  You then send the completed application by post to the address on the form.

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Who is covered by the scheme?

The scheme covers approved prescriptions for you, your spouse or partner and your children aged under 18 (or under 23 if in full-time education).

Do I have to register with one pharmacy?

No, you don’t have to register with a specific pharmacy.

But, if you use two or more pharmacies in one month, you may pay over the maximum threshold of €80. If this happens you can apply for a refund of the amount you spent above the €80 threshold.

Read more about the Drugs Payment Scheme on, or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860.

The telephone lines are staffed from 10am -4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm.

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