General Practitioners (GPs) provide services to medical card holders, free of charge.
Patients may generally choose their doctor from a panel of doctors who are part of the scheme, provided the doctor is willing to have them as patients.
Choosing Your Doctor.
When applying for a medical card, you choose a doctor that is taking part in the scheme and ask the doctor to sign your application form to accept you as a patient. Contact your Local Health Office for details in your area.
If you have a medical card and you want to change your doctor, you must complete a Change of Doctor form giving details of the new doctor.
Medical cards may be issued for a limited period of time with a review date on the card. In general, that means that the HSE will look again to see if you are still entitled to a card.
Services Provided by GPs Under the General Medical Services (GMS) Scheme.
Doctors must treat medical card patients in the same way as they treat private patients. This means that, for example, surgery times must be the same for all patients, access to home visits must be the same etc.
Among the services that Coolock Family Practice provide for medical card holders and private patients are:
What If you Move?
If you move from one Local Health Office area to another you do not have to re-apply for a new GP visit card. You should contact your new Local Health Office which can give you information about GPs practising in the new area you live in.
|House Calls||No Charge|
|Mirena Coil Insertion
|Well Woman||No Charge|
|Drivers Licence Exam||€55.00|
|Prescription Renewal||No Charge|
|Completion of Forms||€25.00|
|Routine STI Screening||No Charge|
|Pill Check||No Charge|
|Consultation - Including Bloods||€25.00|
|DCOC Patients||No Charge|
Doctor Consults with Nurse
|Removal of Sutures||No Charge|
|Family Planning||No Charge|
|Smoking Cessation||No Charge|
|Weight Management||No Charge|
|Blood Pressure Check||No Charge|
|24hr BP Monitor
Refundable deposit of €80.00 required on the day
|Pregnancy Test||No Charge|
|Smear Test||No Charge|
|Flu Vaccine||No Charge|
|Routine Blood Test||€25.00|