HSE to restore to 17.66% rate paid to Pharmacists as reimbursement for wholesale services

Monday, October 13


In compliance with a recent High Court judgement, the wholesale mark-up the HSE pays pharmacies for medicine supplied through the various HSE schemes will be increased on claims dispensed on or after the 1st October 2008  from 8% to 17.66%.

This will increase the wholesale cost of medicines by approximately 9%.

This move will add approximately €8 million per month to the cost of the various medical card schemes provided by HSE or almost €100 million a year, as well as increasing the price paid by patients for their medicines by approximately 9%.



For more information, please contact:

Paul O’Hare
HSE National Press Office
/ 087-9034735


Last updated on: 14 / 10 / 2008