Northern Territory

Northern Territory

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.

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.

NT seniors get free bus travel

Northern Territory seniors aged 60 and over can now travel free on public buses.

Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said free public transport for seniors came into effect on 1 July.

Free travel would also apply to all Australian Senior Card holders aged 60 and over on presentation of a valid state or territory seniors card, she said.

Consultations on the revised Pensioner Concession Scheme will also start this month and National Seniors will be participating. The new scheme begins on 1 January, 2018.

Vic & NT budget wins for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Victorian and Northern Territory Governments’ decisions to maintain concessions to tens of thousands of aged pensioners in their budgets delivered this week.

National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the decisions would ensure many older Victorians and Territorians continued to have access to cheaper utilities, including electricity, gas and water.

The concessions for Territorians would be worth almost $44 million next financial year, and for Victorians $18 million for each of the next four years.

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