Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS)
What is the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS)?
The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) pays the doctors, pharmacists, dentists and opticians who provide public healthcare services. The Health Service Executive (HSE) manages the PCRS.
What services are covered by the PCRS scheme?
The PCRS scheme includes almost all publicly funded healthcare services in the community, including:
- Medical card services provided by doctors and pharmacists
- Prescribed drugs and medicines services provided by community pharmacists
- Dental services for medical card holders
- Opthalmic services for medical card holders
The PCRS also issues Annual Reports with information and statistics on all the primary care services it supports. You can see up-to-date data about these services on the PCRS Reporting and Open Data Web Portal.
How do healthcare providers get paid for their services?
When doctors, pharmacists, dentists and opticians provide healthcare services for the Health Service Executive (HSE), the HSE uses the PCRS to pay them. How much they are paid, and other conditions of service are negotiated by the Department of Health and the relevant professional bodies.