If you get more than $5,000 compensation, the payer will tell us so we can check if you get other benefits for your injury.
You need to know
You could get money if someone injures you or makes you ill. We call this compensation.
Paying back care costs
When your claim reaches settlement or judgment and is more than $5,000 including legal costs, you must repay all care costs relating to your injury or illness.
Paying back Medicare benefits
When you get compensation for an injury or illness, you aren’t eligible to also receive benefits that relate to that injury or illness.
Affect to your income support payments
Money you get for your injury or illness counts as income. Find out how this could affect your income support payments if you get them.
Read more about Centrelink Compensation Recovery.
When your compensation claim reaches judgment or settlement
You’ll get a compensation payment when your claim reaches judgment or settlement.
Your compensation payer can pay us a 10% advance of your compensation payment in some circumstances.
Sharing your information
You must give us written permission before we can share your information with someone else.
Complete the Medicare Compensation Recovery third party authority form and send it to us. Then we can talk to a third party about your claim.
You’ll need to submit forms to us about your compensation. To do this, post, email or fax them to us. You can also make enquiries about your compensation claim this way.
If we disagree with your Medicare history statement
We’ll ask you to review your Medicare history statement if we think you haven’t listed services used for your injury or illness.
Asking for a review of your repayment amount
You may ask for a review if we have told you that you have to repay all the services listed on your Medicare history statement.