Irish residents suffering from certain illnesses or conditions may be able to apply for the Long Term Illness (LTI) scheme. This scheme allows patients to obtain medicines and equipment directly related to the illness free of charge, regardless of income. However, treament unrelated to the illness will be charged as normal, therefore patients may also need to apply for a medical card or DPS card.
Patients that qualify for the LTI scheme will be issues a Long Term Illness Book. This serves as a prescription, detailing the type and quantities of medicines required. This book will be filled out and signed by your doctor, and should be brought to the pharmacy for dispensing.
The conditions covered by the LTI scheme are as follows*:
· Mental handicap
· Mental illness (for people under 16 only)
· Diabetes insipidus
· Diabetes mellitus
· Cerebral palsy
· Cystic fibrosis
· Multiple sclerosis
· Spina bifida
· Muscular dystrophies
· Acute leukaemia
· Conditions arising from use of Thalidomide
To apply or for more information, contact your local Health Office or visit
*Subject to change by HSE