Ambulance costs can be painful

If you don’t have private health insurance and need to call an emergency ambulance, you’ll likely have to pay a hefty fee that could leave you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars out of pocket.

But National Seniors General Manager Insurance, Chris Grice, says there are ways to protect yourself from “ambulance bill shock”.

“If you live in Queensland or Tasmania, the good news is your state automatically covers you for emergency  pre-hospital ambulance treatment Australia-wide,” Mr Grice said.

Seniors welcome big boost to NSW hospitals

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion investment in hospitals and health services in this week’s budget, after calling for a reduction in accident and emergency and elective surgery waiting times.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said National Seniors expected the commitment, along with $1 billion for 950 additional nurses and 300 doctors in state hospitals, would assist in delivering shorter waiting times.

Fighting to eliminate pension poverty

National Seniors and the Benevolent Society visited community groups in the northern NSW towns of Coffs Harbour and Lismore last week to talk about the 110-year anniversary of the Age Pension in Australia, and the importance of addressing poverty among older Australians.

The Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act was passed by the then young Commonwealth Parliament in June 1908. This followed long community campaigns and was based on age pensions introduced in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Tasmanian budget win for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in today’s budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the concession was a big win for the advocacy group, which had been campaigning for cuts to stamp duty for older Australians for years.

The highs and lows of the 'Baby Boomer budget'

This week’s Federal Budget has delivered a mixed bag of initiatives for older Australians, according to National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke.

Mr Henschke said what was promoted as a “budget for Baby Boomers” fell short of expectations, but wasn’t without some bright spots.

The National Seniors policy team has put together the following summary of the budget from the perspective of seniors.


Victorian and NT budgets hold little joy for seniors

The Victorian and Northern Territory 2018-19 budgets handed down this week were a mixed bag holding little joy for older people, according to National Seniors Australia.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke welcomed Victoria’s announcement of $4.3 billion in transport infrastructure and services, including $1 billion for transport upgrades.

“We hope these initiatives will improve coordination between bus and rail services as we recommended in our budget submission,” Mr Henschke said.

Submission to the ACT Budget 2018-2019

National Seniors Australian Capital Territory Budget Submission 2018-19 outlines a number key recommendations in the areas such as health, housing, transport and concessions.

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