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Drugs Repayment Scheme

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme you have to pay a maximum of €144 a month ( January 2013) for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by yourself and your family in that month. If a reference price has been set for drugs you are prescribed, this is the price that the HSE will use to calculate your monthly drugs costs.
In order to qualify for this scheme, you must be ordinarily resident in Ireland.
The scheme covers the person who applied, his or her spouse/partner and children under 18 years or under 23 if in full-time education. A dependant with a physical or mental disability/illness living in the household who does not have a Medical Card and who is unable to fully maintain himself/herself, may be included in the family expenditure regardless of age.
When you register for the scheme, your Local Health Office will issue a plastic swipe card for each person named on the registration form. You should present this card whenever you are having prescriptions filled.
Further information is available from your Local Health Office.

Using the card

You do not have to register with a particular pharmacy for the scheme but for convenience it is advisable to use the same pharmacy in a particular month if you wish to avoid paying more than the maximum €144. Where people need to use two or more pharmacies in one month, they can claim back the amount paid over the threshold from their Local Health Office.

You can use the Drugs Payment Scheme along with a Long Term Illness Book.

Expired Drugs Payment Scheme Cards

Drugs Payment Scheme Cards are issued for a limited time (generally 5 years). When your Card expires, you must apply again to obtain a new card. You can get the forms from your local pharmacy or from your Local Health Office.

Lost or stolen Drugs Payment Scheme Cards

If your Drugs Payment Scheme Card is lost, stolen or damaged, you should contact your Local Health Office.

How to apply

The registration form is available from pharmacies or from your Local Health Office. You can also download the DPS application form (pdf) . If you have any difficulties in completing the form, staff in your local pharmacy or Local Health Office will be happy to provide advice and assistance.
Send the completed application to your Local Health Office.
Your application for a new Card can take up to 4 weeks to process. If you have any qualifying expenses during this time, keep your receipts until you receive your Card, then send the receipts to the Drugs Payments Scheme Division of your Local Health Office with a covering note.

For more information contact your local health centre.

For More Information

Health Centres in North Cork

Ballydesmond, Community Welfare Officer (064) 51144
Buttevant, Public Health Nurse (022) 23388
Charleville Dental (063) 89315

Charleville, Public Health Nurse PHN, 076 1084108 or 076 1084107
Doneraile, Community Welfare OfficerCWO (022) 44915
Doneraile, Public Health Nurse PHN (022) 71040
Fermoy Community Welfare OfficerCWO (025) 32405
Fermoy, Dental (025) 31122
Fermoy, Public Health NursePHN, Rathealy Road (025) 49779
Glanworth, Public Health Nurse (025) 38111
Kanturk (029) 20700
Kanturk Community Welfare Officer (029) 50709
Kanturk, Public Health Nurse (029) 50182
Kanturk Physiotherapy Clinic (029) 50944
Kilworth (025) 27111
Kiskeam (029) 50709
Mallow, Community Welfare Officer, Fair Street (022) 44914/5
Mallow Public Health Nursing Services (022) 58700
Mallow Podiatry Dept (022) 58730
Millstreet Community Welfare Officer (029) 70409
Millstreet Dental (029) 70928
Millstreet Public Health Nurse (029) 70142
Mitchelstown Courthouse Community Welfare Officer (025) 84238
Mitchelstown Dental (025) 24672
Mitchelstown Public Health Nurse (025) 52470

Mitchelstown Living Health Centre (025) 52470

Newmarket Community Welfare Officer (029) 60131
Newmarket, Public Health Nurse (029) 60532/60750
Rockchapel Community Welfare Officer (029) 69044 (029) 69044

Heath Centres Cork North Lee 

Ballymacoda (024) 98301
Baile Bhúirne (026) 45341
Ballingeary Community Welfare Officer (026) 20651
Blackpool Community Welfare Officer (021) 450 6577
Blarney (021) 438 5220
Blarney Community Welfare Officer (021) 438 5512
Carrigtwohill (021) 488 3367
Castlemartyr (021) 466 7354
Churchfield Community Welfare Officer (021) 430 1105 / 430 1121
Cloyne (021) 465 2436
Cobh Bishop Street, Community Welfare Officer (021) 481 2478
Cobh Bishop Street, Public Health Nurse (021) 481 4314
Dillons Cross Community Welfare Officer (021) 455 2264
Farranree Community Welfare Officer (021) 430 2184
Farranree Rents Office (021) 430 9053
The Glen, 204 Comeragh Park (021) 450 6913
Grattan Street (021) 427 3087
Grattan Street Community Welfare Officer (021) 427 8948 / 427 4508
Inchigeela Community Welfare Officer (026) 20651
Macroom (0761) 084000
Mayfield (021) 4504886
Midleton (021) 463 1436
Midleton Community Welfare Officer (021) 463 1163
Riverstown Community Welfare Officer (021) 482 1055
Riverstown Public Health Nurse (021) 482 2307
Rylane Community Welfare Officer (026) 20651
St. Mary’s Campus (021) 430 0939 / 430 1076 / 430 2887
St. Mary’s Campus Community Welfare Officer (021) 439 5630 / 430 2887
Youghal Health Centre, Unit 4a Millennium Court Foxhole (024) 82512
Youghal Community Welfare Officer (024) 92308

 

Health Centres Cork South Lee

Ballincollig (021) 487 2626
Ballinspittle (021) 477 8219
Ballintemple (021) 492 3913
Ballyphehane (021) 492 1880
Bandon (023) 886 6925
Carrigaline (021) 437 2535
Crosshaven (021) 483 1062
Douglas (021) 489 3581
Kinsale (021) 4779801
Mahon (021) 435 7014
Passage West (021) 484 1628
Shanbally (021) 437 8288
Viaduct (021) 434 1208

 

Health Centres West Cork 

Bantry, The Quays (027) 55150
Bantry Community Welfare Officer (027) 55140
Bere Island (027) 75003
Oileán Cléire (028) 39109
Castletownbere Public Health Nurse (027) 70353
Castletownbere Community Welfare Officer (027) 70628
Clonakilty (023) 8832763
Clonakilty Community Welfare Officer (023) 8833409
Dunmanway (023) 8856158
Dunmanway Community Welfare Officer (023) 8845682
Eyeries (027) 74374
Goleen (028) 35148
Leap (028) 33255
Schull (028) 28311
Skibbereen, Coolnagarrane (028) 40400
Skibbereen Community Welfare Officer (Market St.) (028) 21047

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