GP visit cards for children under 6
Children under the age of 6 are entitled to free visits to a participating GP.
In Budget 2022, it was announced that free GP care will be extended to include children aged 6 and 7. This page will be updated as more detail becomes available.
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, 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 years of age ordinarily resident in Ireland are eligible.
Ordinarily resident means your child currently lives in Ireland and intends to live in Ireland for at least one year.
Your child will be included in this scheme until the end of the month of your child’s 6th birthday. The card shows the date that it is valid until.
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 this scheme while they have a medical card. If your family circumstances change and your family is no longer eligible for medical cards, you can then register your children for GP visit cards for children under 6.
How to apply for a GP visit card for children under 6
If you have any questions before registering, you can phone Lo-call 0818 22 44 78.
To register, you will need:
- Your Personal Public Service (PPS) Number
- The child's PPS Number
- Your choice of participating GP
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 0818 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.
To request a replacement for a lost card, phone Lo-call 0818 22 44 78 or email ClientRegistration@hse.ie, including the name, address and date of birth of the card holder.