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If you have a GP visit card, you don’t have to pay to see your doctor. You will have to pay for medicines and other services.
If you have a medical card, you don’t need a GP visit card.
Anyone can apply for a GP visit card.
Applications for GP visit cards and medical cards are made through the same system. You will first be assessed for a medical card. If you don’t qualify, you will then be assessed for a GP visit card.
If you are over 70, you can register for an over 70s GP visit card.
If you have a child under 6, you can register for an under 6s GP visit card.
If you get Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance, at full or half rate, you can visit your GP for free.
You can use your reference number to check the status of your GP visit card registration online.
When you apply online, you get a reference number at the end of the application process.
When you apply by post and give a mobile number, we send a reference number by text. If you don’t give a mobile number, we send a reference number by post.
You can also use our online eligibility status check to see if your card is still valid.