The Long-Term Illness Scheme


The Long-Term Illness Scheme is available to those with certain illnesses or disabilities. If you are eligible you can avail of free drugs, medical and surgical appliances and medicines for the treatment of your condition.

A Long-Term Illness book is provided to you once your eligibility is confirmed. This book will contain a list of your required medicines and drugs necessary for your care. These will be provided free of charge through your pharmacist, though you will be charged for any other medicine or drugs not listed.

Any medical or surgical appliance prescribed will be provided free of charge through your Local Health Office.

Conditions which determine eligibility:

  • Parkinsonism
  • Acute leukaemia
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mental Illness (in a person under 16)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Haemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Conditions arising from use of Thalidomide

The Long-Term Illness Scheme is not dependent on your income or other circumstances and you may also be eligible for a Medical Card or GP Visit Card.

However, If you are not eligible for the Long Term Illness Scheme, a Medical Card, or a GP Visit Card then you can limit your expenses by availing of the Drugs Payment Scheme.

If you are eligible, then you must fill out the Application Form with your details. Your consultant or doctor must also sign it to confirm your medication and condition. Once completed you must return it to your Local Health Office.

Application Form: