Medicare threshold changes

Currently there are multiple Medicare safety nets for out-of-hospital services. These will be amalgamated into the creatively named Medicare Safety Net, with updated thresholds for patients. Individuals will not need to register for the Medicare Safety Net, but families will need to register to combine medical expenses for all family members, even if all family members are on one Medicare card.

Changes to the thresholds:

Threshold in 2016 under current system

Threshold in 2016 under new system

Concessional patients

$654.30

$400

Family Tax benefit Part A family

$654.30

$700

General single

$2050

$700

General family

$2050

$1000

Once the Medicare Safety Net threshold has been reached in a calendar year, all further out-of-hospital claims will attract a higher benefit, as the Government will contribute more towards out-of-pocket costs.

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