Centrelink Q&A: will your Pensioner Concession Card be reinstated?

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Rob is wondering why he hasn’t had his Pensioner Concession Card reinstated and is asking why he may have been left off the list.

Q. Rob
Can you tell me if all pensioners who were taken off the Pension due to the new Assets Test will get their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated as of 9 October?

A. Only those who lost their Age Pension as an immediate consequence of the 1 January 2017 changes to the Assets and Income Test will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated.

If your PCC was cancelled as a result of your assets changing after 1 January 2017, then your card will not be reinstated.

However, you may still be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card, which will give you access to:

  • cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • bulk-billed doctor visits
  • bigger refunds for medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net
  • selected discounts with Australia Post.

A Low Income Health Care Card may also entitle you to other concessions from your state or territory government, local councils and private businesses.

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Total Comments: 9
  1. 0

    I am disgusted with the government for reinstating these concession cards to people who have more than enough to pay full price. The rest of us are expected to pay more to prop up these wealthy people. only those on a full old age pension should be given this concession card. No wonder the country is in such a mess.

    • 0

      Did you ever bother to think that the meagre concessions received actually help give those who are self funded the ability to keep self funding for longer and therefore reduce higher pension payments. I’m more disgusted in the fact that I have had to prop up those who go on a full pension simply because they didn’t bother to save for their retirement. Wake up and stop being such a miserable sod.

    • 0

      I am disgusted that everyone over the same age wasn’t given the concession card. It’s blatant discrimination based on whether people were savers or spenders.

      The country isn’t in a mess as far as I can see. People are out there spending like there is no tomorrow.

      Why should a saver have to pay full costs for everything as if they are still employed while those who did not save are supported by taxpayers?

    • 0

      Why should a saver have to live on their savings while a spender is handed up to $1 million dollars over their retirement by the taxpayer, and then is given concessions on top of that. If you have enough savings to generate a very healthy income, not so bad, but those who had less than $1 million may not be able to generate anywhere near enough to even equal the pension, so they have to spend their savings to live while others get handouts just because they saved less. So the incentive is to save less. Rather DUMB economic management! Surely the aim should be to encourage people to save as much as they can?

  2. 0

    Well said Argus, OG is either a multi millionaire or on the full pension with all the perks !

    • 0

      Yes, well said Argus!

      If only more people had your intelligence we might have a hope of actually reducing the cost of retirement over time. By chopping away at part pensions to the only moderately well-off, the government has ensured that many will run out of money sooner and need larger handouts than they otherwise would have received. Sad that the likes of OG don’t get that, and neither do our dumb pollies!

  3. 0

    Pay back time at the next Fed. election.

  4. 0

    Ordinary working people are starting to think twice about super with all the foolish changes and like health insurance is it a good investment for most.Super is a long term thing not to be changed every budget night.



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