Extended Medicare Safety Net - increasing the general threshold

From 1 January 2015 this measure will increase the general upper threshold of the Extended Medicare Safety Net to $2000 for families, couples and individuals. Until that date, the threshold remains at $1221.90, subject to indexation.

Description of the Measure

The Extended Medicare Safety Net threshold for concession cardholders and families eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A will not be affected by this change.

The Extended Medicare Safety Net is available to cover out-of-pocket expenses for eligible out-of-hospital Medicare services.

Out-of-pocket costs for items such as a standard General Practitioner consultation may be reduced once you or your family reaches the Extended Medicare Safety Net threshold.

This measure does not change how much people receive in benefits once they qualify.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Families, couples and individuals who are eligible for the general (upper) threshold of the Extended Medicare Safety Net in 2015 will be affected. These people will have higher out-of-pocket costs before they reach the new general upper threshold.

Am I eligible for this measure?

This measure does not change how much people receive in benefits once they qualify.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 January 2015. A new Medicare Safety Net will be implemented on 1 January 2016.

Page last updated: 20 May 2016

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