From Friday 11 August 2023 all children aged 0-7 can get a GP Visit Card, which means free GP care for all children under 8 living in Ireland. Previously, this was available for all children under 6.
The expansion will provide free GP care to an estimated 78,000 children aged 6 and 7. Current GP visit cards for children will automatically be extended until their 8th birthday.
Parents can register children for a GP visit card at hse.ie. If a child turns 6 on or after 1 July 2023, and already has a GP Visit Card, their card will automatically be extended by the HSE and they don’t need to register.
For further information see www.hse.ie/GPVisitCards.