Health Care Card

A concession card to get cheaper medicines and some discounts if you get a payment from us.

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You may be eligible for a Health Care Card if you get specific payments or supplements from us or the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Read more about eligibility


A Health Care Card entitles you to cheaper prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Read more about the benefits


You don’t need to apply for a Pensioner Concession Card. We'll send you one if you are eligible.


Renewing a card

Your Health Care Card is usually issued for 1 year from the date you are granted the qualifying payment.

Read more about renewing your card

Lost or stolen card

We can replace a lost or stolen card and post you a new card.

We can’t issue a replacement over the counter.

Request a replacement card:

Digital Wallet

Have your concession or health care card with you everywhere you take your phone.

Read more about the Digital Wallet

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us and report any changes to your circumstances when you hold a Health Care Card.

Read more about change of circumstances

If you travel outside Australia

There are limits on how long your card remains current when you travel outside Australia.

Read more about Health Care Card and Pensioner Concession Card


Other concession and health care cards

Concession and health care cards can help you access cheaper health care services and medicines.

Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.

Start using Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money


We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money

Page last updated: 13 February 2018