Currently anyone over 70 can qualify for a medical card if their annual income is less than €36400 a year (72800 for a couple)
In comparison – The under 70’s need to have less than €9568 to get an automatic medical card.
Budget 2013 has revised the income limit down so that over 70’s with annual income of more than €31200 (€62400 for couples) will not get an automatic medical card. The income limit has been lowered by €5200 a year for single over 70’s .
No other changes have been made to medical card entitlements.