HSE's new www.medicalcard.ie welcomed by Longford councillor Micheál Carrigy

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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Cllr Micheal Carrigy

Cllr Micheal Carrigy

The HSE has launched a new National Medical Card online service, www.medicalcard.ie.

This new service enables people to apply online for a Medical Card quickly and easily using a user friendly step by step process, Cllr Micheál Carrigy said.  

The local area representative in Ballinalee also believes the streamlining of applications will greatly benefit those who need medical cards here in Co Longford.  

“Users can find out if they are eligible for a Medical Card immediately, and if they are, their application will be processed in 15 working days,” he added.  

“This online service conveniently allows applicants to scan and upload documents and other

information, and no longer requires a visit to a GP to stamp paper forms.

“This new, streamlined service will bring great benefits for people in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security.”

Cllr Carrigy went on to say that his party was committed to proactively supporting families in Longford while Minister for Health Simon Harris pointed to the importance of this latest development by the HSE.

“This is a very welcome new development by the HSE and is part of the ongoing streamlining and modernisation of the operation of the medical card scheme,” added the Minister.

“Under the new system people will be able to make an online application for a medical card, which is faster and more convenient than the current paper based system.

“This puts the applicant at the centre of the process and I am sure will, in time, become the preferred method of application for many applicants, both first time and those seeking a renewal.

“I would urge anyone who needs to apply for a medical card to log on to the new system and see how easy it is.”  

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