All chidlren with cancer are now entitled to a medical card without a means test. This is due to a significant campaign by the Our Children's Health group supported by Childhood Cancer Foundation and other children's charities, as well as individual parents who took up the cause. Many thanks to all those who campaigned in order to make things better for all of us affected by childhood cancer. The current entitlements are taken directly from the HSE website.
The HSE has granted Medical Card eligibility to children under the age of 18 years, who have been diagnosed with cancer. The parent or guardian whose child has had a diagnosis of cancer within the last 5 years, can apply for a Medical Card by completing an Application Form MC1 (B). An Irish language version of the MC1B form (Foirm Iarratais ar Chárta Leighis do Pháistí faoi 18 bliain) is also available
The income details of the child’s parent or guardian do not need to be provided with this application form, but a medical report completed by the child’s GP or medical consultant should accompany the application form.
Parents or guardians can seek further assistance by contacting LoCall 1890 252 919.
The completed form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to:
The National Medical Card Unit, PO Box 12629, Dublin 11
Application Forms are also available from Oncology centres nationwide. Click here to see a list of hospitals where the form is available.
A medical card entitles you to free:
- Dental, optical and aural services
- GP (family doctor) services
- In-patient public hospital services, out-patient services, medical appliances and disability aids
- Maternity and infant care services
- Maternity cash grant (€10.16 at present) on the birth of each child
- Prescribed drugs and medicines (with some exceptions)
- Some personal and social care services, for example, public health nursing, social work services and other community care services.
Long Term Illness Card
This allows people with certain medical conditions to get drugs, medicines and some approved appliances free of charge if they are prescribed for the treatment of their condition. Acute leukaemia is the only childhood cancer specifically listed as a qualifying illness. However, if your child has another form of cancer you may apply for the long term illness card, but it is not guaranteed that it will be granted.
If your child qualifies, the drugs and medicines for the treatment of your child’s condition, will be provided to you on prescription, free of charge through your community pharmacist. Other drugs and medicines not related to the specified condition must be paid for in the normal way. (You can get help with the cost of medicines with the Drugs Payment Scheme, see below.)
How to apply: Application forms for the Long Term Illness Scheme are now available online. You can get an application form from your family doctor (GP) or your Local Health Office. Send the completed application form directly to your Local Health Office. If your child is diagnosed with Leukaemia, the forms will be processed for you by the Social Worker attached to St John’s Ward and the Long Term Illness Card will be posted out to you.