Children under the age of 6 are entitled to free visits to a participating GP.
In addition to free GP visits, the GP visit card for children under 6 covers specific assessments at age 2 and 5 and care for children with asthma.
These assessments are preventive checks that include charting age, weight and height and taking appropriate follow-up action.
The asthma checks will assess your child’s asthma and review their medications, including ensuring that your child is using inhalers correctly. A written plan will be given to you to help you manage your child’s asthma. The initial check takes place when asthma is diagnosed in a child over 2 years of age, followed by another check in the following 3 months and then annually until the child reaches the age of 6.
All children under 6 who live or intend to live in Ireland for at least 1 year are eligible.
Your child will be included in this scheme until the end of the month of your child’s 6th birthday. The date that the card is valid until is shown on the card. You will be notified approximately 3 months before it is due to expire.
The card covers free GP visits, including home visits and out of hours, urgent GP care. GPs provide these services as part of a contract with the Health Service Executive (HSE).
If your child already has a medical card, there is no need to register them for inclusion in this scheme while they continue to be eligible for a medical card. However if your family circumstances change in the future and your family is no longer eligible for medical cards, you can then register your children for GP visit cards for children under 6.
If you have any questions before registering, you can phone Lo-call 1890 252 919.
To register, you will need:
You are sent your child’s PPS Number after registering their birth. If you do not have a PPS Number for your child, contact Client Identity Services in the Department of Social Protection on Lo-call 1890 927 999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have a PPS Number and your baby is under 2 months of age, you can register by leaving the PPS Number blank and the HSE will write to you separately to get it.
There is a list of GPs that are taking part in the scheme (pdf). The list also tells you whether your chosen GP accepts online registrations.
If they do, you can apply online at gpvisitcard.ie. If a GP doesn’t accept online registrations, or if you prefer to use a paper form, you can download the GP Visit Card Under 6s Registration Form (pdf), bring it to the GP to sign, and then send it to:
GP Visit Card – Under 6s
PO Box 12629
If you have used the online registration facility, you can login to your previously registered account to update or add additional information. Alternatively, you can complete another registration form to do this.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.