HSE launches new online service for medical card applications

Ireland’s Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has urged citizens to use the online system if they need to apply for a medical card.

[Dublin, Ireland] The Health Service Executive in Ireland has set up a new online service that citizens can use to apply for a national medical card.

The new system is expected to streamline the process as figures indicate that approximately 440,000 applications were received in 2017 by the national medical card unit.

If users are eligible to apply for a card, their application will be processed in 15 days, scrapping the need to visit a GP for approval.

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said the project is part of an ‘ongoing streamlining and modernisation’ of the medical card scheme, urging people that need a medical card to use the service:  

“Under the new system people will be able to make an online application for a medical card, which is faster and more convenient than the current paper based system.

“This puts the applicant at the centre of the process and I am sure will, in time, become the preferred method of application for many applicants, both first time and those seeking a renewal,” Mr Harris added.

HSE Primary Care Reimbursement and Eligibility Assistant National Director Anne Marie Hoey said people aged 16 years and older will be able to use the new system:

“The launch of the National Medical Card Online service makes it as easy as possible for people to apply for Medical Card eligibility.

“This great new development brings considerable benefits for people in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security.”

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