Monday, January 10, 2011

Know Your Rights: Prescription Charges

If you have a medical card, you are charged 50c for each prescription item you receive. Usually your pharmacy keeps records of how much you have paid and makes sure that you do not pay more than €10 each month on prescription charges. However you may use different pharmacies in the same month or your family members may not have the same medical card number (for example, where a different doctor is used by the family) and you may end up paying above the cap of €10 per family per month.

If a person or family pay more than €10, the HSE will issue a refund at the end of the quarter, without you needing to apply. This is done on the basis of the information received from the dispensing pharmacy.

However, if you think that you have not received the refund due you can also claim directly from the HSE using a special refund claim form (available from your Local Health Office). An online version of the form is available on

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