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Free GP care for children under 8 years old and expansion of DVC scheme

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

The government announced in 2023 the expansion of free GP care to all children under the age of 8 and to households earning below the new median income threshold.


Eligible current practice patients can apply as follows:


  • If your child is aged 6 or 7, you can apply online for a Doctor Visit Card from 11th August 2023.

  • Important: If your child / children holds a valid card for the Under 6 GP Visit Card scheme already, this card will remain valid until their 8th birthday. You do not need to reapply.

  • If your household earns below the median income (€47,000 per year after deductibles) you can apply online for a Doctor Visit Card (DVC). The extension of free GP care on income grounds will take place in two phases, on September 11th and November 13th.







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