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Long Term Illness Scheme changes


Wednesday January 08 2014 11:56 AM

LTIS now open to people with MS

MS Ireland is encouraging our members who currently hold a medical card to apply for the Long Term Illness Scheme (LTIS) following recent changes to the scheme by the HSE which allows those with a specified illness – including Multiple Sclerosis – to hold the long term illness book in addition to a medical card.

Medical card holders are currently required to pay monthly prescription charges however the new changes mean that people with a specified illness such as MS can apply to the LTIS to cover the costs of medication associated with their MS. Many prescription charges should be covered once you are approved for the LTIS.

We recommend that people with MS apply for the LTIS as it could potentially mean saving on, at the very least, some of the prescription charges which can accumulate from one end of the year to the other.

LTIS applications are processed at HSE Local Health Offices across the country.


Author: MS Ireland

Tags: medicalcard, hse, msireland, multiplesclerosis, prescriptions



Wednesday January 08 2014 16:46

I don't have a medical card so would this scheme apply to me?


Wednesday January 08 2014 20:46

I'm puzzled by your comment that says the LTIS is "now open to people with MS", as I have been in the scheme since 1993 and all my MS related medication has been covered since then, along with catheters and other equipment. It has always been my understanding that MS was listed as one of the qualifying illnesses for the book.


Friday January 10 2014 00:38

In the 1980s Liz Hayes who worked as Community worker in SHB area negotiated retention of the long term book with medical card as many MS supplements were not available on medical card.


Friday January 10 2014 14:36

Are cod liver oil or vitamin supplements (if prescribed by your doctor) covered by the LTIS? Also are antibiotics covered?

Mary mchugh

Monday February 22 2016 17:28

Just been diagnosed with ms.
I have no med card
Can I get long term illness card?

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