Irish residents who suffer from certain illnesses or conditions may be able to avail of the services of the Long Term Illness Scheme. This scheme allows you to obtain treatment, medicines and equipment directly related to your illness free of charge. Treatment, medicines and equipment un-related to the condition will not be covered and must be paid for in the normal way. Therefore, many Long Term Illness patients will also apply for the GP Visit Card and the Drug Payments Scheme.
If you qualify for the Long Term Illness Scheme, you will be given a Long Term Illness Book detailing the type and quantities of the medicines you need. This will be signed by your doctor and will then need to be brought to your pharmacy for dispensing. If you are prescribed a medical or surgical device to treat your condition, this will be provided to you through your Local Health Office.
There is no income or means test for this scheme. If you suffer from any of the diseases/conditions listed below you should apply for this scheme.
Conditions covered by Long Term Illness Scheme
- Mental handicap Care Room
- Mental illness (for people under 16 only)
- Diabetes insipidus
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cerebral palsy
- Cystic fibrosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophies
- Acute leukaemia
- Conditions arising from use of Thalidomide
To apply or for more information, contact your local Health Office or visit
If you suffer from long-term condition that is not listed above, you should consider applying for a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card.