Medicare Safety Net

Provides a higher Medicare benefit for out of hospital costs. Your doctor’s visit will still cost the same, but we’ll give you a higher benefit back.

You need to know

What a safety net is

The Medicare Safety Net provides a higher Medicare benefit for out of hospital costs. Your doctor’s visit will still cost the same, but we’ll give you a higher benefit back.

Read more about what a Medicare safety net covers

Who it's for

If you’re single, you don’t need to do anything - you’re automatically registered. If you’re a couple or part of a family, you need to register.

Read more about who the Medicare Safety Net is for

Medicare Safety Net for families

Couples and families must register as a Medicare Safety Net family. This includes those on the same Medicare card.

Read more about Medicare Safety Net for families

Register

Singles

You’re automatically registered if you’re single with no dependent children, you don't need to register for the Medicare Safety Net.

We’ll record your out of pocket medical expenses.

Couples and families

Couples and families must register as a family for the Medicare Safety Net.

If all family members are on the same Medicare card, you still need to register.

You only register once.

To register for the Medicare Safety Net:

Thresholds

Original threshold

The Original Medicare Safety Net (OMSN) applies to all Medicare cardholders.

Read more about the original Medicare Safety Net threshold

Extended general threshold

The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) general threshold is for all Medicare cardholders who don’t have concession cards or get Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Read more about the extended general Medicare Safety net threshold

Extended concessional threshold

The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) concessional threshold applies to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders, Health Care Card holders and Pensioner Concession Card holders.

Read more about the extended concessional Medicare Safety Net threshold

Extended Family Tax Benefit Part A threshold

If you get Family Tax Benefit Part A you’re eligible for the FTB Part A Medicare Safety Net threshold.

Read more about the extended FTB Part A threshold

2017 table of thresholds

There are different Medicare Safety Net thresholds depending on your circumstances.

Read more about the 2017 table of Medicare Safety Net thresholds

Page last updated: 9 October 2017