The Government has recently announced an additional 50,000 older Australians will be eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card from 1 July 2022.
The income test for access to a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will increase to $90,000 yearly for singles (up from $57,761) and $144,000 for couples (up from $92,416).
With a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, eligible citizens may get benefits such as:
- Cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
- Bulk billed doctor visits – if a doctor extends eligibility to Seniors Health Card holders.
- A refund for medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net.
Australians with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are often also eligible for discounts on property and water rates, electricity and gas bills, ambulance, dental, eye care and public transport.
Living costs are soaring, with many Australians cutting back on essentials to meet ends. The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will help ease some of the pressures people are now facing.