Student Health Service - Medical Cards

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Medical Card

The Student Health Service is not a medical card practice. All medical cardholders are advised to register with a Dublin based GMS doctor.

A Medical Card entitles the holder to free consultation and in certain circumstances to free prescriptions and free hospitalisation.

Obtaining a Medical Card

Students are not entitled to a Medical Card unless their parents have such a card, but mature students i.e. over 24 years of age could be entitled to a card in their own right depending on income.

You can apply online for a medical card on This is the quickest method of obtaining the card. If you have any questions about medical cards and eligibility. You can also contact the HSE on 0818 22 44 78 or 01 864 7100 or Email

For further information on changing your GMS doctor please contact:

HSE National Medical Card Unit

National Medical Card Unit,
PO Box 11745,
Dublin 11

Phone: 0818 22 44 78 or 01 8647100


Further details and change of GP form

If you hold a medical card and attend the student health service, medication prescribed by the doctor will not be on a GMS prescription and you will be charged the full amount on presentation of that prescription to the pharmacist.