Last week, National Seniors Australia went public to alert many older Australians they may be eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and not realise it.
The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card is for self-funded retirees who do not receive the pension and are not eligible for the Pensioner Concession Card.
The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card gives you:
- access to cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,
- the chance to be bulk billed by a GP (at their discretion),
- a bigger refund on medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net, and
- access to some state and territory concessions
If you are an eligible cardholder by July 10 then you will also be paid the government’s $750 economic stimulus payment.
Changes to deeming rates mean many more retirees will now qualify as your income level will likely fall below the income test threshold.
We urge you, if you haven’t already, to apply for the card through the Services Australia website by clicking here.
It’s not too late to apply, but time is running out.
For more information about eligibility, click here.
If you don’t want the hassle of applying for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, our partner Retirement Essentials can help with your application (fees apply).
Retirement Essentials is not affiliated with any federal government department or agency. Find out more by clicking here.