for medical card if living with family, does the means test take the other family members income into account or just the person applying for the medi

llgon

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Will depend on composition of family/household. Here is a more detailed breakdown:




The basic rates
The basic rate is a fixed amount. It is determined by your age, marital status, living situation and if you have any children. It is lower for a medical card than it is for a GP visit card.

Basic rates:
  • Single person living alone aged up to 65: €184 for medical card and €304 for GP visit card
  • Single person living alone aged 66 and over: €201.50 for medical card and €333 for GP visit card
  • Single person living with family aged up to 65: €164 for medical card and €271 for GP visit card
  • Single person living with family aged 66 and over: €173.50 for medical card and €286 for GP visit card
  • Married, co-habiting couple/single parent family aged up to 65 with dependents: €266.50 for medical card and €441 for GP visit card
  • Married, co-habiting couple/single parent family aged over 66 with dependents: €298 for medical card and €492 for GP visit card
Please note: These basic rates do not apply to the Over 70s GP Visit card or Under 6 GP Visit card schemes

Additional rates for dependants
  • First two children under 16 financially dependent on applicant: €38 for medical card and €57 for GP visit card
  • 3rd and subsequent children under 16 financially dependent on applicant: €41 for medical card and €61.50 for GP visit card
  • First two children over 16 financially dependent on applicant: €39 for medical card and €58.50 for GP visit card
  • 3rd and subsequent children over 16 financially dependent on applicant: €42.50 for medical card and €64 for GP visit card
  • A dependent over 16 who is in full time 3rd level education, not grant aided: €78 for medical card and €117 for GP visit card
 

llgon

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If you're unsure after reading the above you should perhaps give details of the household and you should get help working it out.
 

tommybc

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For people under 26 who are financially dependant on their parents what situations can you still get the medical card if your parents don’t also have one?

It says "People aged 16–25, including students, who are financially independent of their parents may be entitled to a medical card if they pass the means test. If they are financially dependent on their parents they are normally only entitled to a medical card if their parents have one.", when they say “normally” what situations would they still approve you for a medical card when you're parents don’t also have one?
 

Slim

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For people under 26 who are financially dependant on their parents what situations can you still get the medical card if your parents don’t also have one?

It says "People aged 16–25, including students, who are financially independent of their parents may be entitled to a medical card if they pass the means test. If they are financially dependent on their parents they are normally only entitled to a medical card if their parents have one.", when they say “normally” what situations would they still approve you for a medical card when you're parents don’t also have one?
Cases of serious or chronic illness.
 

Saavy99

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So going by the basic rates outlined above, somebody living alone and only income is low wage or they on socual welfare, they will not be.eliguble.for medicsl card. Honestly.how can people pay a doctor at average 60 euro a visit, or buy meds?
 

llgon

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The above rates are net of income tax, PRSI, USC and other allowable expenses such as rent, mortgage, travel expenses to work, childcare. So rates not as low as they first seem.

I think anyone dependent on social welfare alone qualifies automatically.
 
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