Medical Card Allowances
Hair Loss & Breast Care
The medical card allowance for wigs & breast care products is available every year. For Irish customers, if you have a valid medical card you may be entitled to funding towards a wig or hair piece due to hair loss caused by alopecia or cancer treatment; or mastectomy bras, breast prostheses, mastectomy swimwear and swim prostheses due to cancer related breast surgery. What’s more, breast care products are available every year after surgery to medical card holders, products and allowances vary.
Wig Allowances Vary From €440 To €767 And Breastcare Allowances Vary From €50 To €440
Applying for The Medical Card Allowance for Wigs & Breast Care
We can take care of processing your medical card allowance for wigs & breast care products. We have been doing this for clients for years, so you do not have to worry about anything.
All we need is, your valid medical card number along with a prescription stating your condition/medical history and requirement for the necessary products. (Please note you may not be entitled to funding for all of the items listed below)
- Mastectomy Bras
- Breast Prosthesis(es)
- Mastectomy Swimwear
- Swim Prosthesis(es)
Prescriptions for The Medical Card Allowance for Wigs & Breast Care
Prescriptions can be emailed, posted or given to us directly at the time of your appointment. If you need to send it to us you, your doctor, or hospital nurse can send the prescription to us any of these ways:
- Email: info@Roches.ie
- Post: Roches Wigs & Breast Care, 153 Kimmage Road Lower, Dublin 6W, D6W RD30
Ask your GP or medical professional to write you a prescription for a wig/hair piece, for medical hair loss due to alopecia or cancer treatment.
If your doctor is unsure what to give you, you can direct them to use our wig prescription template. However, for it to be valid it is essential that they use their headed paper when printing or saving it.
Breast Care Prescription
If you have had breast surgery of any kind, you are entitled to an allowance towards your first permanent breast prosthesis(es) and two post surgery bras, irrespective of medical card status. This is available to every woman in the country; however, financial and product allowances vary considerably from county to county, and from year to year. We can advise you on your exact allowances, you can contact us for more information.
Ask your GP or medical professional to write you a prescription for all breast care products listed below, regardless of your individual HSE entitlements. This way we can ensure to obtain your maximum benefit without needing additional prescriptions, essentially, if a product is not mentioned on your prescription, you cannot apply for it.
- Mastectomy Bras x2
- Breast Prosthesis x1 (2 for bilateral surgery types)
- Swimming Breast Prosthesis x1 (2 for bilateral surgery types)
- Mastectomy Swimwear x1
If your doctor is unsure what to give you, you can direct them to use our breast care prescription template. However, for it to be valid it is essential that they use their headed paper when printing or saving it.
Please note, allowances have a financial cap set by the HSE. Although you may be prescribed 2x mastectomy bras they are subject to a maximum financial cost, if you choose products above your financial cap you will need to pay this balance.
Roches has been actively campaigning for the standardisation of allowances for many years, to make life easier for our clients. This includes a meeting with the HSE and Dept of Health in 2017. We will keep you up to date on any developments in this area.
Need Your Wig, Hair Piece Or Breast Care Products In A Hurry?
We understand that hair loss may not adhere to medical card application time frames, so we are happy to provide wigs and breast care first-fit products if needed sooner than HSE wig allowance approval and payment arrive. In this event, all we need to proceed from you is a valid medical card and prescription.
If you have applied for a medical card and are waiting for it to arrive, we are happy to hold your wig or breast care products until it arrives. Alternatively, you can purchase your wig or mastectomy wear and we will refund you the amount following your medical card arrival and your HSE allowance approval. The choice is yours.
My Chosen Products Are More Expensive Than My Allowance
If your chosen wig or breast care product(s) are priced higher than your medical card allowance for wigs & breast care allowance, you can pay the difference to us directly. Alternatively, for wig purchases, you might be able to claim from your PRSI for the balance. You can check out the PRSI Wig Grant details here.