People with specific diagnoses are entitled to an individual Long Term Illness Card. This has nothing to do with income but is based on your child medical condition. This allows your child to get medicines directly related to the treatment of their illness, free of charge. This prevents your child from ever having to pay the prescription fees.

The HSE has produced a short list of illness that they will automatically cover, to check click on the link below

A lot of confusions arises when parent apply for a long term illness card under their child specific diagnoses i.e Down Syndrome, Autism, etc. The HSE will refuse your application unless you tick one of their specific boxes listed above.

If you qualify, you will get a long-term illness book. This book lists the drugs and medicines for the treatment of your condition, which will be provided to you free of charge through your pharmacist.

To see the full list of medication covered then click below: