Chronic medical condition assistance

We have support available if you have a chronic medical condition requiring treatment by a doctor or specialist.

Medicare services

The Australian Government provides financial support to help people with a chronic medical condition. You can claim benefits and payments for certain health care services and equipment. Medicare benefits and the Medicare Safety Net can help you cover the cost of health care services, such as visiting your doctor. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the PBS Safety Net reduces the cost of a wide range of prescription medicines. If you are eligible, you can also claim an early release of superannuation.

Management plans

If you have a chronic medical condition, your doctor may suggest a Chronic Disease Management Plan. If you need treatment from two or more health professionals, your doctor may also put a Team Care Arrangements Plan in place for you.

For more information about the Chronic Disease Management Plan or the Team Care Arrangements Plan, visit the Department of Health website.

Concession and health care cards

Concession and health care cards can give you concessions that make it less expensive when you use certain health care services, or buy prescription medicines. There are different types of concession and health care cards. Your eligibility will depend on your circumstances.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

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Page last updated: 19 September 2016