Drug Payment Scheme

Drugs Payment Scheme card

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) an individual or family will pay no more than €124 each calendar month for:

  • approved prescribed drugs and medicines
  • rental costs for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • rental costs for oxygen

If you don’t have a medical card and you pay more than €124 a month for any of these, you should apply.

Who can apply

Anyone who is ‘ordinarily resident’ in the Republic of Ireland can apply. ‘Ordinarily resident’ means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year.

There is no means test for a DPS card.

Family applications

A family is an adult, their spouse or partner and any dependents.

You can include any family member, regardless of age, who can’t fully maintain themselves and has:

  • a physical disability
  • an intellectual disability
  • an illness

You will need to include a medical report for the applicants who cannot maintain themselves.

Applying if you have children in full-time education

If you are applying as a family, you may have dependent children aged 18 to 23 in full-time education. If so, you may want to add them to your card.

To do this:

  1. Complete section 2 of the Drugs Payment Scheme application form
  2. Have it signed and stamped by the educational institute
  3. Include it in your application
Apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme card

For those included in your application you will need to provide:

  • full name
  • address
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • PPS number
  • contact details

You will also need your existing DPS card number, if you had one.

Apply online