Medical and Healthcare is one of the most important aspects of the Government’s budget every year. Because why not? Ensuring good health and allocating a proper amount for development and betterment of health scenario in the country directly alters the productivity of the general public. The government of Australia has always paid keen attention to healthcare and has formed a separate department for this. The department is named as Department of Human Services. They are responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provide various means for payments and services related to social services and health.
One of their most prominent services is Medicare. Medicare is basically a facility which aims to improve the healthcare system by providing services like access to a range of specialized doctors and specialists at lower costs, access to dentists and other health professionals at times, lower cost prescription generation, free care in public hospitals for patients, and much more. Through their services, you can also get a 75% rebate of Medicare schedule fee for services as a patient. Some other services available are payment services, Medicare safety net, private health insurance, reciprocal health care agreements, and much more.
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
In the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, you get access to medicine at a reduced cost. All you need to do is get a concession card which is issued by Medicare and it will further reduce the price you pay for medicine. It will contain your first name, CRN, home address, date of concession entitlement, and expiry date. Various types of cards available are:
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Ex-Carer Allowance Health Care Card
- Foster Child Health Care Card
- Health Care Card
- Low Income Health Care Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
All these cards have their specific benefits which can be found by clicking “here.”
Private Health Insurance
The government of Australia allows you for the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance at a reduced premium than what you pay normally. This basically means that you will need to pay less amount even for a Private Health Insurance and it depends upon the age of the oldest person which is included in your healthcare policy along with their annual earnings. The most important thing to note here is that the government pays all the amount upfront to your insurance company so that it will reduce the premium amounts. If you don’t want to claim the rebate in health insurance then you also have the option to claim it via your annual tax returns. You can get reduced premium amounts only if your policy covers hospital or general treatment or both. You must also meet the income threshold if you want to claim rebate and they may change from time to time.
Express Plus Medicare mobile app can be used to directly manage your Medicare account. You can view your Medicare claim history and update your bank account details for rebates. Moreover, it is not required to upload every single receipt related to your Medicare account. Links to mobile app for both Android and iOS have been provided below.
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dhs.expressplus.medicare
iOS App: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/express-plus-medicare/id648134521
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Human Services Facebook Page: facebook.com/HumanServicesAU
Human Services Twitter Handle: twitter.com/HumanServicesAU
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