Medical card eligibility is based on an assessment of means. To qualify your weekly income must be below the income threshold. Any income, savings, investments and property (except for your own home) are taken into account in the means test. It is important that you give as much information as possible with your application; including dependents, mortgage payments, medical expenses etc.
What if my income is higher than the income threshold?
Where an individual or household is over the income threshold, the HSE can apply discretion where undue hardship would arise from the costs of the household’s particular medical or social circumstances
The recent budget reduced income thresholds for over the over-70s medical card to €900 per week for a couple and €500 per week for a single person
More information about applying for medical card