From July (date to be confirmed) 2020 , the prescription charges in Ireland are changing.
For medical card holders the charge is €1.50 for each item. (Decreased on July 1st from €2).
The maximum payable is €20 per month per person or family.
For people aged over 70, the prescription charge from July will be €1.00 per item, (reduced from €1.50) . There is a maximum fee of €15 per month per person or family.
Non-Medical card holders pay the full cost of prescriptions – but there is a scheme that caps expenditure at €124 per month per family. (As part of Budget 2020, this monthly maximum will reduce to €114 from September 2020.) . Drugs Payment Scheme
History of Prescription Charges in Ireland
Before 1 January 2018, the €2 per item charge applied for people over 70 ….but for those under the age of 70 the charge was €2.50 per item up to a maximum of €25 per month. In Budget 2018 the €2.50 charge was cut to €2
Prior to January 2013 Medical Card holders in Ireland didn’t have to pay anything for prescriptions.
From Jan 2013 the government introduced a charge of €1.50 per item. (capped at €19.50 per month per family).
The government increased charges from €1.50 per item to €2.50 per item in Dec 2013.
They also increased the monthly cap on prescription charges for a family from €19.50 to €25 (with medical card).