Keeping a tally of medical expenses
If you pay your doctor in full and then claim your Medicare benefit we will:
- automatically keep a tally of your medical expenses for you
If you claim from us before paying your doctor:
- we will send you a cheque made payable to the doctor, which you take or send to your doctor with any outstanding balance you owe
- bring us the doctor’s receipt and the Medicare statement you received with our cheque and we will add your out-of-pocket amount to your Medicare Safety Net thresholds
- we will contact you when you are nearing a threshold and may ask you to verify any unpaid claims.
If you only pay the gap amount to the doctor we usually add your out-of-pocket amount to your Medicare Safety Net threshold for you.
Once you reach a threshold, all further out-of-hospital claims you make for that calendar year may automatically attract a higher benefit.
Remember: you need to lodge your claims with us so we can make sure you get all the benefits that you’re entitled to.